Linguistics, Master's

Degree Offered: MA
Application Deadline Fall Winter Summer
Canadian Students: 1 February Not offered Not offered
International Students: 1 February Not offered Not offered

Based on availability in the program, strong applications will continue to be examined after the application deadline.


Available Options for Program

Full-Time: Yes
Part-Time: Yes
English: Yes
French: Yes
Thesis: No
Major Research Paper or Project: Yes
Course-based: No

Minimum Requirements

B in an honours BA in linguistics or the equivalent.  Students holding a B.A. with a major in linguistics or in a related field will also be considered.

Average time to completion

6 terms

Area(s) of specialization

Formal Linguistics/Empirical Linguistics

Your complete admission package must include

Application Fee:$110.00 ($CDN non-refundable)
Recommendation letter(s):
2 (It is highly recommended that you contact your referee prior to submitting your application to confirm their email address and their availability to complete your letter of recommendation.)

You must upload copies of all transcripts from universities you have attended to the student portal. Transcripts must cover all courses and programs at any university you have attended, including regular programs (whether completed or not), exchanges, letters of permission, online or correspondence courses, courses taken as a special student or visiting students, etc. If your transcript and degree certificate are not in English or French, you must submit a certified translation (signed and stamped and sealed).

After you receive an offer of admission, you must have official copies of all transcripts sent to the University of Ottawa directly from your previous institutions.

Proof of proficiency in your program's language of instruction, in the case of applicants whose first language is neither English nor French
Language proficiency test scores equivalencies: :
TOEFL 580 / IELTS Overall 6.5 - Individual 6.0 (Paper-based)
TOEFL 92-93/IELTS 6.5 overall – Individual 6.0 (Internet-based)
Candidates must have an adequate knowledge of English. Most of the courses are offered in English. Under the regulations of the University of Ottawa, examinations and assignments may be written in French or in English.
Required document(s):
  • Resume (must include chronological academic history) 
  • Letter of Intent (one page): stating your interest and research project
  • Written work required (10-15 pages): A sample of written work which, in your opinion, gives an accurate indication of your academic background
  • A list of the readings which were assigned for each course in linguistics which appears on your transcript(s)
Please note that non required admission documents will not be consulted, conserved or returned to the student. These documents will be destroyed according to our administrative procedures.

Academic Unit Coordinates

Google Maps location
Office of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts, c/o Graduate Programs-Linguistics
55 Laurier Avenue East, room 8159
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1N 6N5
Tel: 613-562-5439
Fax: 613-562-5340