Graduate Programs

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. More information about the research interests of our current department members can be found on our People page, and the research interests of our alumni can be found on our Graduate Degrees Awarded page.

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.

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.  We recommend that applicants suggest a potential advisor as part of the application process.

We do not offer any specialization in the areas of literature, translation, or language teaching, and in particular the teaching of English as a second or additional language. Please note that the Faculty of Education offers Master of English 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 of Education page

International Students can find more general information on becoming a student at the University of Manitoba, by visiting the International Centre for Students.

Applicants to our program are welcome to apply for the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship although the number of fellowships available each year is limited. Further information about the UMGF can be found here and the application form here.