Bilingualism Studies

University of Ottawa

24 months
15578 CAD/year
4912 CAD/year
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This Bilingualism Studies program offered at University of Ottawa is intended to offer an advanced education in several areas of applied linguistics, including bi- and multilingualism, methodological and technological innovations in adult second language instruction, assessment of adult second language competence, as well as language policy and planning.


The Bilingualism Studies program at University of Ottawa is offered in English and French. Students are required to take one of their two compulsory courses in English and the other in French. The electives can be taken in either language.In accordance with the University of Ottawa regulation, students have the right to produce their work, their research paper, their thesis, and to answer examination questions in French or in English. The program is offered on both a full-time and a part-time basis. Two options are available for the program, the MA with thesis and the MA with research paper.The institute, in partnership with Université Lyon 2, also offers a dual degree combining the Master of Arts (M.A) in Bilingualism Studies with a Master 2 Sciences du langage - Français langue étrangère.The dual degree option, which leads to a dual degree with the Université Lyon 2, combines studies in Sciences du langage - Français langue étrangère with the Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Bilingualism Studies. Students enrolled in this option spend the winter term in the Université Lyon 2, France where they take the mandatory courses of the Master 2 program in Sciences du langage, and during the spring term they do a 65-hour unpaid teaching-research internship at the Centre des langues de l’Université Lyon 2.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Issues in Bilingualism Studies
  • Research Methodology in Bilingualism Studies
  • Assessment of Second Language Competence
  • Trends and Issues in Research on Technology-Assisted Learning
  • Electronic Corpora in Second Language Learning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

To be admitted to the MA program in Bilingualism Studies, candidates must have one (1) of the following:

  • An honours bachelor's degree or equivalent in Second Language Teaching / Didactique des langues secondes, in Applied Linguistics or in a related discipline.
  • A three-year bachelor’s degree in Applied Linguistics or a related discipline in addition to a university-level, university-administered advanced certificate in TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages), representing a minimum of 30 units.
  • The minimum admission average is 70% (B), calculated in accordance with graduate studies guidelines.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15578 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7789 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4912 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2456 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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