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Graduate Program in Linguistics — How to Apply

Application Deadline: June 30

  • Applications received by the June 30 deadline will be considered for September admission with funding in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Graduate Research Scholarship and Graduate Program in Linguistics recommended scholarship.

  • Only completed applications will be reviewed: the on-line application, supporting documents and application fee must be received as requested.

  • Please ensure your final, official transcripts are sent directly to the Graduate Program in Linguistics c/o the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures.

How to Apply

In order to be considered for admission to the Graduate Program in Linguistics by the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures’ Graduate Studies Committee, an on-line application must be submitted with:

  1. A completed on-line Application for Admission, including three references (submitted by your referees on-line), and the $125 (CDN) application fee for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, or $145 (CDN) application fee for international students (student visa).

    If you experience difficulties in making your application fee payment, please contact: Faculty of Graduate Studies (403) 220-4936.

  2. Two (2) official copies of transcripts in original language (with official translated copies if applicable) from all post-secondary institutions attended, in SEALED envelopes. Please note, to be considered "official" transcripts must be sent DIRECTLY by the institution attended, or the official translator. Official transcripts should be sent to the Graduate Administrator in Linguistics.

  3. For non-native speakers of English, an official transcript of TOEFL and IELTS test scores if required. Official scores should be sent to Graduate Administrator in Linguistics. The test must be completed within the last 2 years.

  4. A Statement of Research in which you summarize your background and specific research interest in Linguistics, and identify any potential supervisors from the list of Potential Research Areas and Supervisors. The statement should be no more than one page. It should be noted that the one-page limit is strictly enforced in the University of Calgary's Open Scholarship competition. If the Statement of Research exceeds this page limit and the applicant would like to be considered for a scholarship, a one-page version must also be included for the competition.

  5. A sample of your previous work in linguistics or a related field. This could take the form of a published article, M.A. thesis, undergraduate thesis, or a course paper.

 Your application, statement of research, sample of previous work and references must be submitted online if you are applying for graduate programs and scholarships: Online Application

Once you initiate your application on-line, your referees will automatically be notified by e-mail with instructions on how to submit their letter of reference.

Entrance Requirements - please also refer to the Graduate Studies Calendar

Applicants to the graduate programs in Linguistics must hold or obtain the following minimum qualifications:

MA Program

  • A four-year undergraduate degree with a Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 or equivalent. GPA is based on the University of Calgary four-point system and is calculated over the last ten full-course equivalents of the program. **

  • Significant undergraduate training in linguistics, normally including at least one course in syntax and one course in phonology.

  • Proficiency in English (see below).

PhD Program

  • A Master's degree in Linguistics, or a Master's degree in a related field with significant training in linguistics at the graduate level, normally including at least one graduate course in syntax and one graduate course in phonology.

  • A Grade Point Average of at least 3.4 over the Master's program, or equivalent. **

  • Proficiency in English (see below).

Proficiency in English

For non-native speakers, a demonstration of competence in English of one of the following:

  • Minimum score of 560 on the paper-based TOEFL

  • Minimum score of 86on the internet-based TOEFL

  • Minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

International students