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Applicants for direct admission to the MA or PhD program in linguistics should normally 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. Certain candidates may be admitted to a Qualifying Program which permits them to make up the gaps in their background by taking appropriate undergraduate courses.

Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

PhD requirements and timeline 

The official up-to-date requirements of the PhD program are posted on McGill’s website under Programs, Courses and University Regulations (http://www.mcgill.ca/study/2012-2013/faculties/arts).

There are two streams in the program (Theoretical and Experimental). In the following, we outline the requirements of each stream on a year-by-year basis.



At McGill University, we are committed to helping you finance your education. We offer our research students the most competitive and generous funding in Quebec. Our funding, coupled with Montreal’s low cost of living, makes graduate studies at McGill a wise educational investment.

Graduate programs

Why McGill Linguistics?

McGill’s Graduate Program in Linguistics has an excellent track record in training graduate students to do cutting-edge research in theoretical and experimental linguistics. The program provides students with the opportunity to study with faculty members who are leading international researchers in their fields.