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Department of Linguistics & Religious Studies


University Catalogue


Graduate Chair: Veronika Makarova

Graduate Secretary: Nadine Penner

Phone: (306) 966-5797

Languages and Linguistics
University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Drive - Room 517 Arts
Saskatoon SK CAN S7N 5A5

Linguistics MA student giving her research talk at a national conference


Graduate programs leading to the M.A. in Linguistics are available only to exceptional students on a special case basis. Individual programs are planned for each student in relation to the direction of the student's interests and in areas in which the faculty is competent to provide direction. Linguistics may be combined with one of the languages offered in the department, e.g., Linguistics and Ukrainian, Linguistics and Japanese, etc.

An MA in Linguistics involves coursework in the areas of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics plus writing and defending an MA thesis based on individual research. In particular, we are interested in research projects related to morphology, syntax, phonetics, TESOL, sociolinguistics, language acquisition.

The programme includes:

  • 15 credit units of graduate coursework
  • Thesis (based on your original study in the areas of Linguistics or Applied Linguistics)
  • students are expected to complete the programme within 2 years

Our faculty members are currently involved in International research projects dealing with Doukhobor Russian speech, whispered speech, German morphology, CALL and the teaching of Canadian English.

Faculty research areas include phonetics, applied  linguistics, language teaching methodology and sociolinguistics, working languages (English, Russian, Japanese), morphology, syntax, applied linguistics, computational linguistics, and computer assisted language learning.

Current graduate work includes:

  • Ukrainian language maintenance in Saskatchewan;
  • German language maintenance in Saskatchewan;
  • Extracurricular activities in language learning in Canada and Russia;
  • Theoretical and methodological foundations of teaching Canadian English to Russian university students;
  • Chinese EFL Learners’ Acquisition of English Ditransitive Constructions


The first stage is to send an outline of your proposed research project by e-mail to one of our Linguistics professors. This should meet the following criteria:

  • format of a small research paper (use APA style)
  • contain a survey of the relevant literature
  • position your research within the field
  • identify your research question and goals of your research
  • contain a section on methodology and materials you intend to use for your project
  • a section outlining the expected results and their potential impact
  • a detailed and up-to-date bibliography
  • also indicate who you want to supervise your project

For more information on the application procedure, please click here.


Initial research proposal: 1 September of the year prior to the year of expected admission;

Complete application package (submit ONLY if your research proposal is approved and you are invited to submit the full application): 1 November of the year prior to the year of expected admission


Our students have received the following scholarships:

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Scholarship ($15000) (an application for the scholarship has to be submitted by all program applicants together with admissions application).

James E. and Mary Pitts Award

Graduate Teaching Fellowship


Graduates pursue careers in: language teaching, communication, publishing, editing, social services, and cultural sector; proceed to PhD studies in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.


For admission and degree requirements, please see  the University Catalogue.

M.A. +

Graduate programs leading to the M.A. in Linguistics are available only to exceptional students on a special case basis. Application for a special case admission is made by the department on behalf of the student.  The special case Master’s or Ph.D. admission is reviewed and approved by the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee of CGSR.


  • four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts honours in Linguistics, language studies or language teaching (e.g., English, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Modern Languages).
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 75% (U of S grade system equivalent) in each of the final two full-time years (e.g. 60 credit units) of the undergraduate program.
  • Students with non-Linguistics B.A. degrees must have a strong background in Linguistics demonstrated in their transcripts (at least 5 general Linguistics courses).