M.A. On Campus

Linguistics (Applied) and Discourse Studies

12 months
18463 CAD/year
6657 CAD/year
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Human society is grounded in language. The broad-based Linguistics (Applied) and Discourse Studies MA program, housed in the School of Linguistics and Languages Studies at Carleton University, emphasizes the central role that language plays in educational, workplace, community and other social contexts. 


Students can draw on one or both of the fields of Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies to suit their own study and research goals. This comprehensive Linguistics (Applied) and Discourse Studies MA program at Carleton University is unique in North America as these two fields are typically housed in different departments or faculties at other universities. 

We also offer courses, including a practicum, that lead to Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Ontario certification.

Career Opportunities

Many graduates have accepted academic positions and/or continued their studies in education, literacy, rhetoric, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics and other fields at distinguished universities in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Oman, South Korea, the UK, the USA and other countries. They teach in schools, colleges, universities and community programs all over the world. They also work as researchers, learning specialists, policy advisers and ESL instructors, and as writing coaches in government, educational institutions, corporations and non-profit organizations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Directions in Applied Linguistics & Discourse Studies
  • Inquiry Strategies in Applied Linguistics & Discourse Studies
  • Theoretical & Linguistic Descriptions of Language Use
  • Theoretical Foundations for Applied Linguistics & Discourse Studies
  • Systemic-Functional Linguistics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A BA honours degree in a discipline involving the analysis of language or the study of language use or learning, or a three-year BA degree in a relevant discipline combined with a BEd or CTESL. 
  • A minimum of B+ in related courses and a B overall in academic work are required. Relevant professional experience may also enhance a candidate’s application to the MA program. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18463 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18463 CAD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6657 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6657 CAD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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