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8242 CAD/year
3533 CAD/year
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The Linguistics program offered by the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures at University of Calgary trains researchers in the core areas of theoretical linguistics—such as syntax, semantics, phonology, phonetics and morphology—as well as in language acquisition, historical linguistics, and psycholinguistics.


Students take six courses and are expected to complete an MA thesis based on their original research within two years. Students benefit from a low student-to-faculty ratio that ensures personalized attention to each student's academic needs and research goals. Students are guaranteed funding for two years, and our MA graduates regularly place in top PhD programs around the world.

Completing this program

  • Core Courses: An introductory course, a thesis research course, Advanced Syntactical Analysis and Advanced Phonological Analysis.
  • Language: Knowledge of a language other than English demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Graduate Studies Committee.
  • Additional Courses: Topics may include semantics, morphology, language acquisition, historical linguistics, quantitative modelling and others.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original thesis.


Graduates of the Linguistics program at University of Calgary also have the skills to pursue a variety of non-academic career paths. Students interested in the computational side of linguistics may work on speech recognition, speech synthesis, artificial intelligence, natural language processing or computer-mediated language learning. Students interested in language education may teach English as a Second language or develop educational materials, train language teachers, or work on assessment methods for more effectively teaching language. Linguists may also work in translation or interpretation. Field linguists work on the preservation of endangered languages by conducting fieldwork, documenting a language, or establishing literacy programs for endangered language communities. Linguists also work in speech-language pathology, audiology, publishing, law, national security, medicine, editing, market research, and the film industry.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Syntactic Analysis
  • Advanced Phonological Analysis
  • Topics in Linguistic Theory
  • Topics in Language Acquisition
  • Analysis of a Language or Language Family
  • Topics in Historical Linguistics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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60 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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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.
  • Significant undergraduate training in linguistics, normally including at least one course in syntax and one course in phonology.
  • A sample of previous work in linguistics or a related field (e.g., an Honours undergraduate thesis, or a course paper).
  • A statement of purpose specifying the applicant’s research interests and reasons for wishing to pursue a Master of Arts degree at the University of Calgary
  • Three reference letters

Tuition Fee

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    8242 CAD/year
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  • National

    3533 CAD/year
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1247 - 1953 CAD /month
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