Graduate Programs

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Graduate degrees in Linguistics (MA and PhD)

The Department of Linguistics is pleased to offer both Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Theoretical Linguistics. Our students pursue original research in a variety of linguistic subdisciplines, including core theoretical areas (e.g. phonology, morphology, syntax) and combined areas (e.g. historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics).  The department continues to encourage collection of primary data through fieldwork with native speakers of understudied and endangered languages, and increasingly our students are finding fruitful projects based on experimental and corpus data. All programs include coursework, generals papers (at the PhD level), the development of a thesis proposal, and the research, writing and defense of a thesis.

Program requirements and course descriptions for MA and PhD programs in Linguistics can be found in the University of Manitoba Graduate Studies Calendar and Registration Guide, and on-line through Aurora Student. Please see our Graduate Calendar entry page for access to course descriptions.  Both programs require a minimum of 18 credit hours of classroom instruction. Typically included by the Graduate Committee in every graduate program are general theoretical courses (LING 7550 Phonology, LING 7630 Syntax; 3 ch each) and graduate Field Methods (LING 7900; 6 ch), plus additional courses assigned individually by the Graduate Committee at the beginning of the program.

Before you apply

Because our programs of advanced research and study are individually designed, we ask that potential applicants consider the research interests of a potential advisor/supervisor, and require that applicants suggest a potential advisor as part of the application process. We feel we can offer the best training and support to students whose areas of interest are related to our established research areas. Unfortunately it is not possible for us to adequately oversee a research project in an area in which we offer no expertise. (Please note that at this time we do not offer any specialization in the areas of language teaching [e.g., ESL], literature or translation.*)

While a four-year degree (Bachelors or equivalent) is required, admission to our graduate program is not limited to students whose undergraduate degrees are in Linguistics. However, students with insufficient background may be required to complete a year of preliminary studies before being admitted into the graduate program. Please see our graduate FAQ entries on 'pre masters' study.


Please see our How to Apply section for further information on the application process. International Students can find more general information on becoming a student at the University of Manitoba, by visiting the International Centre for Students.

Questions should be directed to the Linguistics Graduate Chair.

* The Faculty of Education offers Master of Education degree specializations in Language & Literacy and Teaching ESL. Information about this program (which is unrelated to the programs offered by the Department of Linguistics) can be found at the Faculty of Education's Master's of Education page.