MA in Linguistics

As a student in our MA in Linguistics program, you will be able to conduct research on a wide range of topics from language variation and change, to theoretical linguistics, to topics in language revitalization and community based research.


  • Coursework: 9 units (6 courses)
  • Language requirement: one language other than English - see the UVic Academic Calendar on how you can satisfy this requirement
  • Thesis: normally 6 units of LING 599
  • Public presentation: one conference/workshop/colloquium presentation


This timeline should serve as a guide to completing your MA, designed to be a two-year program.

  • Year 1, September - April: Complete bulk of coursework (6 courses total = 9 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

Staying on track

  • Program form: 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.
  • CAPP report: You can also always access your CAPP (Curriculum and Program Planning) report through My page, under Student Services. Here you will be able to see where you stand with respect to meeting your degree requirements.
  • Checklist: The Faculty of Graduate Studies has a handy checklist for completion of a master's degree.