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Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

York University

12 months
12550 CAD/year
2870 CAD/year
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In the one-year Linguistics and Applied Linguistics MA program at York University you can move quickly toward your goals in a creative and welcoming environment. You can opt for a program in the theoretical field or in the applied field. The program focuses on the broad study of language and society, language variation and change and second language pedagogy.



The Linguistics and Applied Linguistics MA program at York University centers on two interrelated areas, sociolinguistics and language contact:

  • Sociolinguistics and language contact are linked through the study of language variation and change, particularly the role of social groups in initiating and propagating changes.
  • Language contact and sociolinguistics also share an interest in the social and political relationships between groups of different linguistic backgrounds and in the manipulation of language to signal social relationships, identities and attitudes.

Applied Linguistics

The applied linguistics field covers topics related to language in society and second and foreign language education:

  • These are broadly defined to include language pedagogy, issues of culture and identity, applied sociolinguistics, narrative inquiry, literacy and multilliteracies, second language acquisition, bilingualism, discourse analysis, communicative competence and language contact studies.
  • Language policy and planning is an emerging area of expertise in the applied field, and critical applied linguistics or critical ESL/EFL pedagogies are areas of particular strength in the program. Issues related to English for Academic Purposes (EAP) are reflected in several faculty research agendas, as well as in various graduate courses.
  • The program also welcomes those with an interest in teaching additional languages other than English.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Phonology
  • Advanced Syntax
  • Topics in the Syntax-Semantics Interface
  • Issues in Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistic Variation and Change
  • Syntactic Change
  • Explanation in Historical Linguistics
  • Phonetics and Phonological Analysis
  • Grammatical Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


24 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of interest, 
  • Course list
  • Resumé or CV
  • Sample of written work (max. 1,500 words)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12550 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6275 CAD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    2870 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1435 CAD per semester during 12 months.

Part time tuition fees:

  • National students - $717
  • International students - $3137

Living costs for Toronto

1502 - 2563 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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