Application deadline is January 15 for a September 1 start.

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

The MA in Applied Linguistics is a two-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 the MA thesis may include:

  • computational linguistics
  • corpus linguistics
  • discourse analysis and pragmatics
  • empirical & experimental linguistics
  • general and applied linguistics
  • heritage and minority language maintenance in Canada and abroad
  • language and culture interactions
  • language documentation
  • language teaching and language acquisition
  • morphology
  • phonetics
  • phonology
  • second/additional/foreign/child language acquisition
  • sociolinguistics
  • syntax
  • tense & aspect
  • typological/ areal linguistics
  • Languages: Doukhobor Russian, English, French, German, Inuktitut, Media Lengua, Michif, Russian, Shiwiar, Spanish, Swabian, Upper Tanana
  • Language families: Quechuan, Inuit, Chicham, Dene, Romance

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
Chantale CeneriniLanguages of the Michif, Algonquian languages, French (MB, SK); Language description and documentation; Narrative structure; Language revitalization and maintenance; Morphology, morphosyntax; Co-construction, discourse; Indigenous research methodologies
Martin KohlbergerLanguage documentation and description, languages of the Americas, Chicham languages, language contact, areal typology, variation and language change
Zhi LiApplied linguistics; computational linguistics; language assessment; second language acquisition; technologies for language teaching and learning; text mining
Olga Charlotte LovickDene languages,Language documentation & description, Anthropological linguistics, Language maintenance, Indigenous languages, requests & politeness
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
Braj SinhaBuddhism; India; culture; religion
Bettina SprengIndigenous; Inuit; ergativity; first language acquisition; language documentation; language revitalisation; object case alternations; understudied languages; voice alternations
Jesse StewartAcoustic Phonetics, Auditory (Perceptual) Phonetics, Computational linguistics, statistical modeling, parsers, web-based language revitalization tools

Tuition and funding


Upon admission each student is automatically considered for all forms of available funding, which may include scholarships, teaching fellowships, and various bursaries. There are also special programs for international students from China, Mexico, and Ecuador.


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. (Tuition assessment and payment for Spring/Summer terms is split; however, students are required to pay for the full term.)

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2021 $1,491.00 CAD $2,698.71 CAD
January 1 - April 30, 2022 $1,491.00 CAD $2,698.71 CAD
May 1 - August 31, 2022 $1,491.00 CAD $2,698.71 CAD
Total per academic year $4,473.00 CAD $8,096.13 CAD

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 2021 Winter 2022Spring 2022 Summer 2022
Student fees$759.62 CAD $300.59 CAD$27.50 CAD $27.50 CAD

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% (USask 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 nine credit units of Linguistics or Applied Linguistics courses at the undergraduate level

Students with non-Linguistics BA degrees must have a strong background in Linguistics demonstrated in their transcripts (at least five general Linguistics courses). Contact the Graduate Chair, if you have questions about admissions requirements.

Application process

Submit an online application

Before beginning your online application, be sure that you have carefully reviewed all program information and admission requirements on this page.

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • Contact information of your three referees
    • For your letters of recommendation, two of your referees must be academic contacts, and the third may be academic or professional
  • Your complete academic history from all previous post-secondary institutions

The application takes about 30 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $120 application fee. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

Submit required documents

Once you've submitted your online application, you will have access to upload your required documents, and provide the contact information for your references. To do this, go to the "Supplemental Items & Documents" tab in your application, and upload the documents outlined below.

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 be required only for applicants 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 or resume
  • A research statement: Your research statement should be three to five pages in length and outline what research project you intend to do as a part of your degree. This means that you have to conduct independent publishable research in the area of Linguistics or Applied Linguistics, and your research statement should summarize your plans for this research project. Your research statement 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 of 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. Also include why you wish to study at USask. 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
Dr. Zhi Li

Application Admin Support
Ashley Taylor

Program Admin Support
Nadine Penner