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  • Department of Linguistics
  • 1085 Dr. Penfield Avenue
  • Montreal QC H3A 1A7
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-4222
  • Fax: 514-398-7088
  • Email: gradprogram [dot] linguistics [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/linguistics

About Linguistics

The aim of the graduate program in Linguistics at McGill is to train researchers in core areas of theoretical linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics) as well as experimental linguistics. Research in experimental areas deals with theoretical questions in light of evidence from another domain (language acquisition, neurolinguistics, processing, language variation, and change). Students have access to a rich research landscape in cognitive science; for example, most members of the Department are associated with the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (CRBLM). The Department has two labs for conducting experiments, each fitted with a soundproof booth. Members of the Department also have access to other facilities through the CRBLM. We normally fund all full-time graduate students in good standing; our funding package covers living expenses, tuition, and fees. M.A. students are funded for one year and eight months, and Ph.D. students for five years.

Master of Arts (M.A.); Linguistics (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)
We offer an M.A. (non-thesis) degree in Linguistics. The M.A. involves intensive coursework in year 1, followed by additional coursework and completion of a major research paper in year 2. This program is intended for students who wish to gain coursework and research experience in Linguistics beyond the B.A. level. After completion of the M.A., students may choose to continue on to a Ph.D. or pursue a career in a related field.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Linguistics
We offer a Ph.D. degree in Linguistics. We offer two streams at the Ph.D. level: theoretical and experimental. The Ph.D. degree involves intensive coursework in year 1, additional coursework and completion of two evaluation papers in years 2 and 3, and thesis research and writing in years 4 and 5. This program is principally intended for students who wish to pursue a career in academia.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Linguistics — Language Acquisition
The Language Acquisition Program (LAP) is a cross-disciplinary option available to Ph.D. students in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Linguistics, Psychology, and Second Language Education who intend to pursue graduate studies, including writing their thesis, in language acquisition. In addition to meeting the degree requirements for Linguistics, students must complete four interdisciplinary LAP seminars, two graduate-level courses in language acquisition (one from outside the student’s home department), a course in statistics, and they must have a faculty member from outside their home department on their thesis committee. Information about this option is available from the Department and on the following website: www.psych.mcgill.ca/lap.html.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

Linguistics Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the M.A. or Ph.D. should have completed a B.A. with a specialization in linguistics. Applications are also invited from students with a background in other disciplines. Strong candidates who do not satisfy all requirements may be required to take additional undergraduate courses or may be admitted to a Qualifying year program, which permits them to make up the gaps in their background.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Research Proposal
  • Writing Sample

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines listed here are set by the Linguistics Department and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Dec. 15 Fall: Dec. 15 Fall: Dec. 15
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: N/A
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).