M.A. On Campus


University of Toronto

12 months
27520 CAD/year
6210 CAD/year
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The Linguistics program at the University of Toronto offers comprehensive training in three areas of strength: theoretical linguistics, language variation and change, and psycholinguistics.


About this Degree

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto offers a Master of Arts degree program in three fields:

  • Language Variation (sociolinguistics, dialectology, language variation and change)
  • Psycholinguistics (comprehension and production, language acquisition)
  • Theoretical Linguistics (generative grammar: phonology, morphology, syntax)

Originating in 1967,  the department is part of an energetic academic community that includes numerous linguistic colleagues throughout the University of Toronto and in neighbouring universities.

Students complete rigorous coursework with research training in their preferred area of study. By the time of graduation, students are equipped with professional-level skills in interpretation of data, analysis, and argumentation.

The department offers one- and two-year MA options. The majority of students are admitted to the one-year MA option.

Programme Structure

  • 1.5 FCEs: JAL1145H, LIN1121H, and LIN1131H or their equivalents, if not already taken.

  • 1.5 FCEs from other Linguistics course offerings determined by the Graduate Coordinator.

  • 1.0 FCE: LIN2100Y Linguistic Forum including regular class meetings in which students discuss and present their research topics and a final paper, completed under the supervision of a faculty member working in the same research area.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


4 alternative credits

4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs)


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Linguistics' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants with a bachelor's degree, with a minimum B+ average, may be admitted to the one-year program. Admission requires a strong background in linguistics with at least courses in introductory phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax.

Tuition Fee

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    27520 CAD/year
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  • National

    6210 CAD/year
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Living costs for Toronto

1502 - 2563 CAD /month
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