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 March 1st to get confirmation that it is pre-approved and that there is a faculty member who agrees to supervise you. If your research proposal is approved, apply online and upload the supporting documents to your application by the Application Deadline of April 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
Zhi LiApplied linguistics; computational linguistics; language assessment; second language acquisition; technologies for language teaching and learning; text mining
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
Bettina SprengIndigenous; Inuit; ergativity; first language acquisition; language documentation; language revitalisation; object case alternations; understudied languages; voice alternations
Jesse StewartAcoustics; Computational linguistics; Kichwa; Language contact; Linguistics; Media Lengua; Mixed Languages; Perception; Phonetics; Phonology; Production; Psycholinguistics; Quechua; Quichua; Spanish; Stop consonants; Suprasegmental phonology; Vowels; languages

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 and Mexico.


Thesis or project based program

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, 2019 $1420.00 $2243.60
January 1 - April 30, 2020 $1420.00 $2243.60
May 1 - August 31, 2020 $1420.00 $2243.60
Total per academic year $4260.00 $6730.80

Student fees

In addition to tuition above, students also pay fees for programs like health and dental insurance, a bus pass, and other campus services. The amount you need to pay depends on if you are taking classes full time or part time, and if you are on campus or not. The table below assumes you are on campus full-time.

Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Summer 2020
Student fees $741.84 $282.81 $22.50 $22.50

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

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • a four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • a minimum of 9 credit units of Linguistics or Applied Linguistics courses at the undergraduate level

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 March 1st (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, apply online and upload the supporting documents to your application by the Application Deadline of April 1st. Full applications with all the supporting documentation must be received by April 1st, to begin studies on September 1st 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
    • Two of your referees must be persons under whom you've studied. The third may be either a person whom you have worked professionally under, or under whom you've studied
  • 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 upload the following documents:

Please note that in most cases, you will need to allow one business day after paying your application fee before you are permitted to upload documents.

Preliminary Statement of Marks

  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload unofficial PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
  • The uploaded transcript can be an unofficial copy of the transcript issued by the university or college, and must include a grading key/legend.
  • All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
  • Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will only be required once you have been offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.

Uploading documents

Post-secondary Transcripts

If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

  • Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.

Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.

For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • It is your responsibility to have completed an official and approved test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • Tests are valid for 24 months after the testing date and must be valid at the beginning of the student's first term of registration in the graduate program.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

Uploading documents

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building - 110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A research proposal/statement of intent. The statement of intent should include your choice of program, research proposal, and why you wish to study at the U of S. It provides the admissions committee invaluable information for assessing your application.


Graduate Admissions
9 Campus Drive - Room 518 Arts
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5

Graduate Chair
Jesse Stewart

Program Admin Support
Nadine Penner

Application Admin Support
Ashley Taylor