Linguistics

Program Overview

The Department of Linguistics offers Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs 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.


Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application payment deadline MA, PhD:

8-Jan-2020

MA, PhD:

8-Jan-2020

Supporting documents deadline MA, PhD:

8-Jan-2020

MA, PhD:

8-Jan-2020

Minimum admission average MA:

B+ in final year of bachelor’s

PhD:

A-minus average in Master’s

MA:

B+ in final year of bachelor’s

PhD:

A-minus average in Master’s

Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD? PhD:

No

PhD:

No

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? MA, PhD:

After

MA, PhD:

After

If a supervisor is identified after admission (as per question above), is admission conditional upon securing a supervisor? MA, PhD:

No

MA, PhD:

No

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? MA, PhD:

Graduate unit

MA, PhD:

Graduate unit

Program length (full-time only) MA:

3 sessions

PhD:

4 years

MA:

3 sessions

PhD:

4 years


Master of Arts​

Program Description

The MA program in Linguistics offers comprehensive training in three areas of strength: theoretical linguistics, language variation and change, and psycholinguistics. 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 program.
 

MA Program (One-Year Advanced-Standing Option—Standard Admission)

Minimum Admission 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.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must normally complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including

    • 2.0 FCEs: JAL 1145H, LIN 1121H, LIN 1131H, and LIN 1181H or their equivalents, if not already taken;

    • 1.0 FCE from other Linguistics course offerings determined by the Graduate Coordinator;

    • 1.0 FCE: LIN 1290Y 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.

  • All students must demonstrate an ability to read professionally in one language other than English. The choice of language must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator, having regard to the student's field of research. In some circumstances, demonstrated competence in computer programming may satisfy the requirement.

Program Length

3 sessions (typical registration sequence: F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years
 

MA Program (Two-Year)

Minimum Admission 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 two-year MA program. Admission is offered to rare instances to exceptional applicants whose background in linguistics is limited.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must normally complete 8.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including

    • in Year 1: 4.0 FCEs in phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax if not completed during the student’s undergraduate degree;

    • in Year 2: 4.0 FCEs as follows:

      • 2.0 FCEs: JAL 1145H, LIN 1121H, LIN 1131H, LIN 1181H or their equivalents, if not already taken,

      • 1.0 FCE from other Linguistics course offerings as determined by the Graduate Coordinator,

      • 1.0 FCE: LIN 1290Y 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.

  • All students must demonstrate an ability to read professionally in one language other than English. The choice of language must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator, having regard to the student's field of research. In some circumstances, demonstrated competence in computer programming may satisfy the requirement.

Program Length

6 sessions (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

​Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The PhD program in Linguistics offers comprehensive and rigorous training in an environment that encourages collaboration across the fields of Theoretical Linguistics, Language Variation and Change, and Psycholinguistics. Students achieve an advanced understanding of language and are equipped with professional-level skills in analysis, argumentation, interpretation, and quantitative reasoning. While many graduates choose academic positions, many others choose to pursue careers in fields such as education, publishing, and data science.

Minimum Admission 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.

  • University of Toronto MA in Linguistics, or its equivalent, with at least an A– average.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. By the end of Year 2, students must complete 5.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) with a minimum median grade of A–:

    • 3.0 FCEs or their equivalents must be completed if they have not been taken previously: JAL 1145H, LIN 1005H, LIN 1121H, LIN 1131H, LIN 1145H, LIN 1181H

      • If these have been previously taken, a balance of electives must be taken to fulfil the 3.0-FCE requirement, chosen in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator

    • 0.5 FCE from JLP 2451H, JLP 2452H, LIN 1127H, LIN 1156H, LIN 1205H, LIN 1211H, LIN 1250H, LIN 1256H, LIN 1270H

    • 0.5 elective FCE, which may be taken outside the Department of Linguistics, upon consultation with the Graduate Coordinator

      • Of the above courses, 1.0 FCE must be taken at the 1200 level, with 0.5 FCE in Phonology, Syntax, or Semantics

    • 0.5 FCE: LIN 2101H, taken in Year 1

    • 1.0 FCE: LIN 2201H and LIN 2202H: the completion of Generals Papers in two areas of study (at least one of which must be in an area of linguistic theory). Topics must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

  • Residency. During Years 1 and 2, students are normally required to be on campus full-time; i.e., in such geographical proximity as to be able to visit the campus regularly and to participate fully in the department's activities associated with the program.

  • Language. Students must demonstrate an ability to read professionally in one language other than English. The choice of language must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator, having regard to the student's field of research. In some circumstances, demonstrated competence in computer programming may satisfy the requirement.

  • Thesis. Candidates are required to present a thesis, which must be an original contribution to linguistic knowledge. Both the preparation for and the writing of the thesis will be carried out under the supervision of members of the department.

Program Length

4 years full-time

Time Limit

6 years full-time

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