MA in Applied Linguistics

As a student in our MA in Applied Linguistics, you will receive graduate training in formal linguistics as well as in theories and research in the areas of second language acquisition (SLA) and the practice of second language teaching methodology. You will be able to pursue your own research goals through course work and either a thesis or a major research paper. We offer both thesis-based and non-thesis based MA in Applied Linguistics programs, to meet the varied needs of our students.


  • Please refer to the Academic Calendar to check the MA in Applied Linguistics program requirements.


These timelines serve as a guide to completing your MA, designed to be a two-year program.

Thesis option:

  • Year 1, September - April: Complete bulk of coursework (5 courses total = 7.5 units)
  • Year 1, Summer: Develop/defend thesis proposal; prepare/submit ethics application (if required)
  • Year 2, September - April: Finish up coursework; defend thesis proposal; get ethics approval (if required); write thesis
  • Year 2, Summer: Defend thesis (7.5 units)

Project option:

  • Year 1, September - April: Begin coursework (7 courses total = 11.5 units)
  • Year 1, Summer: Begin to develop major research paper
  • Year 2, September - April: Finish coursework; work on major research paper
  • Year 2, Summer: complete major research paper (4.5 units)

Staying on track

Every September, you should meet with your supervisor to review and update your program form, and then submit it to our graduate secretary ) by Sept. 30. This will let you keep track of your progress as you work through your program of study. Those forms are fillable when downloaded.

You can also always access your CAPP (Curriculum and Program Planning) report through Student Services, under Student Services. Here you will be able to see where you stand with respect to meeting your degree requirements.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies has a handy checklist for completion of a master's degree.