The Statement of Intent (Research proposal) has to be submitted to the program chair prior to the submission of other application documents.  Send it to  by February 1 to get confirmation that it is pre-approved and that there is a faculty member who agrees to supervise you. Submit all supporting documents to by March 1st to begin studies in September.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.A.2 years

The M.A. in Applied Linguistics is a 2 year research based master of arts program. The Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics involves coursework (five three-credit-units courses) in the areas of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics plus writing and defending an MA thesis based on individual research. Graduate students pursue original research on national and minority languages and linguocultures of Saskatchewan and Canada, as well as the research on languages and language teaching throughout the world.

In particular, we are interested in research projects related to sociolinguistics, language maintenance in Canada and abroad, heritage languages of Canada, morphology, syntax, phonetics, TESOL, second/foreign/native language acquisition, and other areas listed below. Students can also make inquiries about other possible areas of language-related studies.

Areas of research projects for MA thesis may include:

  • general and applied linguistics
  • heritage and minority language maintenance in Canada and abroad
  • language teaching and language acquisition
  • second/additional/foreign/child language acquisition
  • sociolinguistics
  • phonetics
  • language and culture interactions
  • discourse analysis and pragmatics
  • empirical linguistics
  • corpus linguistics
  • language documentation
  • morphology
  • syntax
  • computational linguistics
  • English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Doukhobor Russian

Examples of recent topics chosen by students include extracurricular activities in university language classes, language attitudes of Ukrainian speakers in Saskatchewan, maintenance of Mandarin Chinese and Russian in the families of immigrants in Saskatchewan, Doukhobor language and culture, language attitudes and ethnic identity of Iranian immigrants in Saskatchewan, non-verbal communication in aquatic environments,  discourse analysis of texts describing depression, language requirements of international students in Saskatchewan, euphemisms in medical communication, and non-verbal communication tools in ESL classrooms.

Research supervisors

Name Research areas
Richard JulienEducation, francophone, french, languages
Veronika MakarovaDiscourse Analysis, Doukhobor, Doukhobor Russian language, Doukhobor culture, English as a Foreign Language, English as a Second Language, English as an additional language, Linguistics, Russian language and culture, Speech Corpora, applied linguistics, bilingualism, cross-cultural studies, emotive speech, foreign language teaching, language and culture, languages, multilingualism, phonetics, second language teaching, sociolinguistics, whispered speech
Peter WoodApplied Linguistics, CALL, Natural Language Processing, computational linguistics, languages, morphology, semantics, syntax

Tuition and funding


For students with no external financing, a limited number of small scholarships ($1,000-5,000) may be available from the Department (allocated depending on the academic value of the application as well as on the order of received applications). 

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.


Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

Master of Arts

  • four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts honours in Linguistics, language studies or language teaching (e.g., English, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Modern Languages). Students with backgrounds in other cognate areas (psychology, English, social sciences, computer science, mathematics, and others) are also encouraged to apply;
  • the minimum of 12 cu in Linguistics or a closely related area is required
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Students with non-Linguistics B.A. degrees must have a strong background in Linguistics demonstrated in their transcripts (at least 5 general Linguistics courses). Contact the graduate chair, if you have questions about admissions requirements.

Application process

Submit your research proposal

A preliminary research proposal (statement of intent) must be e-mailed by February 1 (for September program start) to the graduate chair ( Your research proposal should outline what research project you intend to do as a part of your degree. This means that you have to conduct an independent publishable research in the area of Linguistics or Applied Linguistics, and your research proposal should summarize your plans for this research project. Your research proposal has to have the same structure and style as an academic paper. It has to have a clear statement of your research topic, a survey of literature that has been done on the subject, a clarification how your proposed study would fill in a gap in academic knowledge, a description of research methods you intend to use in your paper, and the reference list in the end.

Once the research proposal is approved, full online applications are encouraged. Full applications with all the supporting documentation should be made by March 1, for the program of study starting on September 1 each year. If for reasons beyond your control you cannot start the program in September, or cannot submit the application by the required deadline, contact the program chair for instructions. 

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:

  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

In addition to the above official documents, email the following to

  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A research proposal / letter of intent
  • A copy of your transcript while we wait for your official ones to arrive


Graduate Admissions
Linguistics and Religious Studies
9 Campus Drive - Room 515 Arts
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5

Graduate Chair
Veronika Makarova

Graduate Program Assistant
Nadine Penner