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Master of Arts, Second Language Education

Next application deadline: 15 Jan 2015 for Fall 2015 admission. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

This program provides a multidisciplinary perspective on the teaching and learning of any second or foreign languages, with a primary focus on English and French. Topics in the program include measurement and evaluation, research methods, curriculum development, second language learning and teaching, classroom discourse, sociolinguistics, immersion and language-minority education, early bilingualism and biliteracy.

The thesis option is a research-oriented degree, approximately half of which consists of thesis research. The non-thesis option, consisting entirely of course work, is less research-oriented than the thesis option and is suitable for practitioners interested in professional development with a theoretical orientation.

Application Information

General Information:

Application requirements, procedures and dates can be found in the Graduate eCalendar.

Apply on-line for Admission to McGill University’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office. Click on the red icon at the top right that says Apply Now.

Admission Requirements:

A minimum of two years of professional teaching experience is required before entry into the program.

Program Information

There are multiple options for completing the Master of Arts: Second Language Education:

  1. Thesis: The M.A. thesis option is a research-oriented degree in which approximately half of the program consists of thesis research. The balance of the program is coursework.
    Full list of courses and course descriptions
  2. Thesis (Gender and Women's Studies): The graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students who meet the degree requirements in a participating unit who wish to earn 6 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. In the graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies, the M.A. thesis must be on a topic centrally relating to issues of gender and/or women’s studies.
    Full list of courses and course descriptions
  3. Non-Thesis: The M.A. non-thesis option, consisting entirely of coursework, is less research-oriented and is suitable for practitioners interested in professional development with a theoretical orientation.
    Full list of courses and course descriptions

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Note: Non-thesis graduate students are reminded that they must apply to graduate. The Application for Graduation is completed through Minerva.

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For more information please contact Michael Lariviere at 514-398-1591 or by email.