Graduate studies at Memorial

The Linguistics department offers both Master's (M.A.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) graduate degree programs.

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The graduate program commences in the Fall semester and the application deadline is January 31 of the same year (eight months prior to the program start date). The formal application process is through Memorial's Become website.

Before applying, make sure that we are able to offer the kind of program that you need; in particular check that there is at least one faculty member who specializes in your area of interest. You can do this by reading our faculty member profiles. Our focus is on core areas of Linguistics. We do not offer a program in English as a Second Language (ESL). Please refer to the people and research sections of our website for more information about what we do at Memorial.


Admittance to the Ph.D. program requires an M.A. in Linguistics, with completion of core courses in syntax and phonology.

Admittance to the M.A. program requires a B.A. major in Linguistics (or equivalent). Applicants without a Linguistics major may be considered for entry to the M.A. upon successful completion of an equivalent number of courses.

Memorial University offers competitive funding packages to academically eligible full-time graduate students, both Canadian and International, in eligible programs https://www.mun.ca/become/graduate/fees_funding/graduate_funding.php. Select Ph.D. students will also automatically be considered for the School of Graduate Studies Dean's Doctoral Award https://www.mun.ca/sgs/go/Deans_Doctoral_Award_web.pdf, through a competitive process. The award is an additional amount of $5000 per year for up to four years.

For a list of available courses, please refer to the University Calendar entry for Linguistics graduate programs (M.A., Ph.D.). Our current course descriptions are available here.