MA

Students entering the MA program commence in September. The program does not have winter or summer term start dates.  A calendar listing of all Faculty of Graduate Studies programs and requirements is available at:  http://gradstudies.yorku.ca/current-students/regulations/program-requirements/  

Linguistics

The linguistics field centres on two interrelated areas, sociolinguistics and language contact:

  • Sociolinguistics and language contact are linked through the study of language variation and change, particularly the role of social groups in initiating and propagating changes.
  • Language contact and sociolinguistics also share an interest in the social and political relationships between groups of different linguistic backgrounds and in the manipulation of language to signal social relationships, identities and attitudes. One area in which these questions are investigated is at the intersection of language and the law (forensic linguistics).

Applied Linguistics

The applied linguistics field covers topics related to language in society and second and foreign language education:

  • These are broadly defined to include language pedagogy, issues of culture and identity, applied sociolinguistics, narrative inquiry, literacy and multiliteracies, second language acquisition, bilingualism, discourse analysis, communicative competence and language contact studies.
  • Language policy and planning is an emerging area of expertise in the applied field, and critical applied linguistics or critical ESL/EFL pedagogies are areas of particular strength in the program. Issues related to English for Academic Purposes (EAP) are reflected in several faculty research agendas, as well as in various graduate courses.
  • The program also welcomes those with an interest in teaching additional languages other than English.

The program has cross-appointed faculty from the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, the Language, Culture & Teaching Graduate Program of the Faculty of Education, as well as Glendon College.

Admission Requirements

Linguistics Field

BA degree (four-year degree) in linguistics or equivalent with a minimum of a B+ grade point average in the last two years of study including:

  • Introductory-level half-courses (2000-level) in phonology and syntax are required
  • Upper-level half-courses (3000 or 4000-level) in phonology and syntax are recommended

Applied Linguistics Field

BA degree (four-year degree) with a minimum of a B+ grade point average in the last two years of study in an appropriate field, including:

  • A 6.0 Introductory Linguistics course or equivalent (as assessed by the Admissions Committee).
  • A minimum of two years of classroom-based paid language teaching experience

OR

BA degree (three-year degree) with a minimum of B+ grade point average in the last year of study combined with a university or community college administered advanced certificate in TESOL or applied linguistics, including:

  • TESOL program to be a minimum of one year of study with a minimum B+ grade point average
  • A 6.0 Introductory Linguistics course or equivalent (as assessed by the Admissions Committee).
  • A minimum of two years of classroom-based paid language teaching experience
Applicants to the Applied Linguistics Field must include with their application:
  • A detailed chronological listing of what paid teaching positions have been held outlining the name, nature and location of the institution, the length of the position in years and months, average number of hours per week, the subjects taught, level of students and average number of students per class.
  • Letter(s) confirming a minimum of 2 years full-time employment.
  • When uploading your admissions material, the chronological listing of teaching positions and letter of employment should be uploaded with your resume.
Applicants to Both Fields must include with their application:
  • A statement of interest of up to 500 words (2 pages) indicating your primary area of interest in the Linguistics or Applied Linguistics Field.
  • Resume or CV
  • A course listing of previously taken linguistics and applied linguistics related courses with a brief course description. When uploading your admissions material, your course listing should be uploaded with your transcript.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Sample of written work (maximum 1,500 words or 6 pages)

MA Applicants to both fields who have studied at a university where English is not the official main language of instruction must, with their application, also produce proof of an English Equivalency score:

TOEFL

  • Paper-based: 600
  • Computer-based: 250
  • iBT: 100

IELTS

  • Overall Band Score: 7.5

YELT

  • York English Language Test
  • Band 1