Frequently Asked Questions

Is this the right program for me?

Our programs are only offered on a full-time basis.

Unfortunately, we do not offer online courses.

No, you do not need to secure a supervisor before you apply to our graduate programs. That said, if you are interested in working with a particular faculty member, feel free to reach out to them by email.

Applicants to our PhD program must have at least a master's degree in linguistics.
Applicants to our MA program must have a four-year bachelor's degree, and a



I'm having issues with my application.

Please contact the Graduate Administrator with the following details:

  • Your name,
  • Your applicant number,
  • Your referee's name,
  • Your referee's institutional affiliation,
  • The email address to be entered for your referee, and
  • The reason why an institutional email address cannot be used.

English-language proficiency minimum standards are set by the School of Graduate Studies.  They publish their minimum standards and a set of exemption conditions on their website.  If you feel that you meet one of their exemption conditions, please contact the Graduate Administrator so that a note can be made on your application file.  

Please note that we cannot waive the minimum English-language proficiency standards, and that the majority of our successful applicants have proficiency test scores that are well above the published minimum standards.

Our MA and PhD applications are entirely online. Please do not send us physical copies of your documents. If you are having issues uploading documents to your application, please contact the Graduate Administrator for assistance.


Can I study part-time?

Can I take your courses online?

Unfortunately, we do not offer online courses.

Can I get an English-language proficiency test exemption?

When will I hear about my application status?

Do I need to secure a supervisor when I apply?

Do you have an interview?

I have a degree, but it's not in linguistics. Can I still apply?

Where do I send documents?

I am having problems with my application.  Who can help?

I didn't get into your program.  Why not?