Languages, Literatures and Cultures, M.A. | University of Calgary | Calgary, Canada
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Languages, Literatures and Cultures

24 months
8242 CAD/year
3533 CAD/year
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The Languages, Literatures and Cultures program at University of Calgary has three streams - applied linguistics, literature and/or film studies, and transcultural studies.  Students in each stream enjoy personal attention and interaction with professors with far-reaching subject-area expertise who embrace a range of theoretical approaches.


The applied linguistics stream focuses on language acquisition, language learning and teaching, and sociolinguistics. Students may choose to undertake experimental studies in any of these areas.  The focal languages for applied linguistics are French, Chinese, German and Spanish. The stream in literature and film studies offers students an opportunity to delve into the study of literary and cinematic productions in French, German and Spanish.  Students will acquire theoretical and critical expertise in their chosen field of study. The stream in transcultural studies, the only one offered in Canada, examines the inner differentiation and complexity of cultures from the geographic areas where French, Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish are spoken. The Languages, Literatures and Cultures program at University of Calgary has an interdisciplinary emphasis, and students acquire a high degree of cultural literacy. All of these streams will provide students with a broad set of advanced research and communication skills, specialized knowledge, and enhanced language proficiency.

Please note: this program is not intended for students interested in performing research primarily on texts written in English or on English as a Second Language. Applicants in these fields are encouraged to consider programs in Educational Research.

Completing this program

  • Core courses: Students will take a required course on Additional Language Pedagogy, and a research methods course on Applied Linguistics or Literary and Cultural Studies.
  • Capstone essay and exam: Students complete a written essay of approximately 20 pages to form the basis of the Capstone Examination.


Graduates will be prepared for a profession in the post-secondary sector, cultural organizations, education, finance, government services, immigration, public relations, publishing, translation and interpretation, tourism and travel, advertising, or communications and media.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Studies in Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Additional Language Pedagogy
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
  • Theory and Methods of Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Topics in Applied Linguistics
  • Topics in Transcultural Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
  • A four year baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a recognized institution, with adequate academic background in one of the fields of modern languages, linguistics, literary, film or cultural studies or another closely related field.
  • An academic writing sample (of approximately 3-5 pages)
  • A statement of intent: 250 ­word (minimum) statement of research interest including research topic and the reasons for wishing to pursue graduate work in this program.
  • Two reference letters
  • A sufficiently high level of oral and written competence in the target language (a recommended minimum of CEFR level B2, ACTFL Intermediate ­High, or equivalent. The target languages of the program are French, Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8242 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 8242 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    3533 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 3533 CAD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Calgary

1247 - 1953 CAD /month
Living costs

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


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