Graduate Studies

Programs

PhD

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Linguistics

For more information see the Handbook

MA

Master of Arts (M.A.) Linguistics (Non-Thesis) (45 Credits)

For more information see the Handbook


McGill offers an Ad Hoc MA in Indigenous Language Revitalization for members of communities whose languages are threatened. The MA program is joint between the Department of Linguistics (Faculty of Arts) and the Department of Integrated Studies in Education (Faculty of Education), and is designed to provide its graduates with tools that will help them in efforts to maintain, document, and revitalize their communities' language. The two-year program includes coursework in both Linguistics and Education, as well as a final MA project, to be completed in the second year. Successful applicants will have a native speaker's knowledge of an Indigenous language of the Americas or a demonstrated commitment to learning it as a second language, as well as demonstrated ability and interest in the scholarly and practical work related to language revitalization. Interested applicants should contact jessica.coon [at] mcgill.ca (Jessica Coon).

Qualifying Year

Applicants whose application files show strong evidence for truly outstanding potential despite a lack of background in linguistics may be considered for admission to a Qualifying Year (QY).  Several students have successfully used this program to transition into the field of linguistics from other fields (e.g., from Math, or Political Science). The QY in Linguistics is very small and very selective - we typically admit no more than one QY student per year, and sometimes none. 

The application procedure for the Qualifying Year is the same as for our M.A. and Ph.D. program, with an application deadline that is usually in early December, to be admitted for the fall term of the following year. We do not offer funding for the QY.

The Qualifying year permits students to make up the gaps in their background by taking appropriate undergraduate courses. Students in the QY will normally be required to take the following undergraduate courses: Phonetics (LING 330), Phonology I (LING 331), Syntax I (LING 371), Introduction to Semantics (LING 360), Morphology (LING 440), plus three other courses. 

Students typically take a QY in order to apply for a M.A. or a Ph.D, program in Linguistics in the following year. Admission to the QY does not automatically guarantee subsequent admission to our M.A. or Ph.D. program.

For more information see the Handbook

Courses

500 Level Courses

500 level courses are high-level seminar courses, usually intended for students in honours programs and graduate level students.

Course Syllabus
LING 520 Sociolinguistics 2 3 Credits
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LING 521 Dialectology 3 Credits
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LING 530 Acoustic Phonetics 3 Credits
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LING 531 Phonology 2 3 Credits
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LING 555 Language Acquisition 2 3 Credits
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LING 565 Pragmatics 3 Credits
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LING 571 Syntax 2 3 Credits
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600 Level Courses

Course Syllabus
LING 601 Graduate Research Seminar 1 3 Credits
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LING 602 Graduate Research Seminar 2 3 Credits
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LING 605 M.A. Research 1 3 Credits
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LING 606 M.A. Research 2 3 Credits
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LING 607 M.A. Research Paper 9 Credits
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LING 610 Linguistic Field Research 3 Credits
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LING 619 Experimental Ling.:Foundations 3 Credits
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LING 620 Experimental Ling.: Methods 3 Credits
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LING 630 Phonetics 3 3 Credits
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LING 631 Phonology 3 3 Credits
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LING 635 Phonetics and Phonology 4 3 Credits
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LING 640 Fundamentals of Morphology 3 Credits
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LING 645 Computational Research on Lang 3 Credits
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LING 650 Testing Theories in the Lab 3 Credits
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LING 651 Topics in Acquis of Phonology 3 Credits
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LING 655 Theory of L2 Acquisition 3 Credits
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LING 660 Semantics 3 3 Credits
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LING 661 Advanced Formal Methods 3 Credits
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LING 665 Semantics 4 3 Credits
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LING 671 Syntax 3 3 Credits
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LING 675 Syntax 4 3 Credits
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LING 682 Selected Topics 1 3 Credits
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LING 683 Selected Topics 2 3 Credits
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LING 688 Tutorial 1 3 Credits
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700 Level Courses

Course Syllabus
LING 706 Ph.D. Evaluation 1
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LING 707 Ph.D. Evaluation 2
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LING 710 Language Acquisition Issues 2 2 Credits
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LING 721 Advanced Seminar 1 3 Credits
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LING 735 Seminar in Phonology 3 Credits
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LING 751 Advanced Sem.: Experimental 1 3 Credits
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LING 752 Advanced Sem.: Experimental 2 3 Credits
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LING 765 Seminar in Semantics 3 Credits
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LING 775 Seminar in Syntax 3 Credits
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LING 782 Selected Topics 3 3 Credits
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LING 783 Selected Topics 4 3 Credits
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LING 788 Tutorial 2 3 Credits
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LING 789 Tutorial 3 3 Credits
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Resources

Awards

Cremona Memorial Fellowship in Linguistics

Established in 2002 by a bequest from Isida Bernardinis Cremona, B.A. 1965, M.A. 1967. Eligibility: Awarded by the Department of Linguistics to an outstanding graduate student registered in the Ph.D. or M.A. program in Linguistics. Value: Minimum $6,000.

Lara Riente Memorial Prize in Linguistics

Established in 2002 by family, friends, fellow students, professors and the Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation in memory of Lara Riente, B.A. 1992, M.A. 2001. Lara was a gifted graduate of the Department of Linguistics whose sudden and tragic death was mourned by all who knew her. Eligibility: Awarded by the Faculty of Arts Scholarships committee on the recommendation of the Department of Linguistics on the basis of high academic standing to a graduate or an undergraduate student enrolled in a full-time degree program in Linguistics. Preference shall be given to students in Neurolinguistics and/or Morphology. Value: Minimum $500.

Past award recipients can be found here.

Funding

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.

In the Linguistics Department, we provide five years of funding for PhD students and one year and eight months of funding for MA students (covering living expenses, tuition and fees), provided that students do not have external fellowships. All successful applicants are automatically considered for relevant funding. At the same time, we strongly recommend applicants to look for funding from external sources. In the past, students have been very successful in obtaining funding from sources such as SSHRC, FQRSC, NSF, Government of Canada Awards, Commonwealth Scholarships, etc.

There is no funding for students in the Qualifying Year program.

For details of our funding policy and the amounts involved, see Linguistics Graduate Student Handbook , section 5: Policy for Funding of Graduate Students.

Funding for graduate students in our department comes from a variety of sources:

Fellowships

The Department has a number of recruitment fellowships, full fellowships and top-up fellowships (funded by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and by the Faculty of Arts) to assign each year, to incoming and continuing students.

TAs and RAs

The department has a number of positions for Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants.

Travel funding

Some travel funding is available to allow students to present at scholarly conferences. See Linguistics Graduate Student Handbook , section 7, for details.