Western Education's MA | Field of Applied Linguistics

Our onsite MA in Education Studies in the field of Applied Linguistics is designed to help you succeed in your area of interest by supporting you with top-tier researchers and academics, extensive library services, and helpful administrative support.

Applied Linguistics is an interdisciplinary field of study that investigates issues pertaining to the nature of language and language use, particularly in the field of education. The range of topics includes second language education; second language teacher education; international, heritage, minority, Indigenous, and First Nations languages; language loss, language revitalization, language maintenance and language attrition; language assessment; language policy and planning; social approaches to languages; sociolinguistics; discourse analysis; bilingualism, multilingualism, second/third/multiple language acquisition.  

We offer three program pathways:  

  • Course-Based (16 months) *
  • Thesis-Based (24 months)
  • Master’s Research Project (24 months)

* Course-based completion pathway might not meet the prerequisite to be admitted into a research-intensive doctoral degree program. 

Valuable Research Office support

Possibilities to attend conferences

Move into a PhD program

Establish networking relationships

Sarah Black

What I like about my MA program is the diverse and provoking conversations I have with my colleagues and classmates every day. My MA program helped me find resources to give me knowledge and confidence in my practice.

- Sarah Black, Graduated 2019

Beyond the program details



  • A four-year degree (20 full courses or equivalent) from an accredited university.
  • Minimum "B" standing (70%) or equivalent in the final two years of study.


  • Honours degree.
  • A qualification leading to certification as a teacher (e.g. B.Ed.).
  • Minimum one year of teaching experience, or experience within the field of education.

Notes & Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Education and Additional Qualification course grades are not used in calculating admission averages.
  • Applicants with 3-year degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis if places are available in programs. Successful experience as an educator in a professional setting may be considered in the selection process.
  • Probationary Status: If an applicant does not meet all of the minimum admission requirements (e.g. average below 70% and/or has only a 3-year degree plus B.Ed.) the applicant may be offered admission as a Probationary Student with Conditions.
  • Conditions:  Full-time applicants will be required to register in 2 half courses during the Fall Term and maintain a 75% average in each course to clear conditions.  Part-time applicants will be required to register in one half course in the Fall Term and one half course in the Winter Term and maintain a 75% average in each of these courses to clear conditions.


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Both internal and external funding opportunities are available for students in our Research Intensive programs. The following funding scholarships are available at the Faculty of Education (please be aware, applicants are automatically considered for some scholarships, others require an application be completed. The process for each is described in the link below.):

  • Academic Research Cluster Scholarships
  • Students living with disabilities
  • Indigenous students
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
  • Canadian Graduate Scholarship – Masters (CGS-M)

See further details about funding opportunities available through the Faculty of Education.


Instructors of onsite courses use the Sakai OWL platform, although it is not required.  Access to a course in Sakai OWL is typically opened the first business day of each term. Please note that although your own access may be granted prior to the first business day, course content may not be posted until closer to the scheduled term start. Your Western University login and password is required to access the course (your Western email without the @uwo.ca and its accompanying password). Access to the learning management system is found here: Sakai OWL.

For online courses, students are required to have access to the following:

  • High speed Internet access
  • Access to a computer that enables connection to outside websites (flexible firewall restrictions)
  • Multimedia playback capabilities (video/audio)
  • WebCam
  • Computer capable of running a recent version of Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox; and/or Cisco MOVI client for PC or Mac
  • Audio headset and microphone for computer

Program information


Our onsite MA in Education Studies in the field of Applied Linguistics offers you an opportunity to engage with top-tier researchers and academics. Many graduates from this program hold important roles in various sectors of education at the provincial, national and international levels.  

The MA (thesis & MRP stream) program also prepares students for advanced study and research at the doctoral level.  


Course-Based (MCB)

  • 16 months/4 terms, 10 courses, no supervisor required
  • Might not meet the prerequisite to be admitted into a research-intensive doctoral degree program


  • 24 months/6 terms, 6 courses + master's thesis, supervisor required

 Master’s Research Project (MRP)

  • 24 months/6 terms, 8 courses + master’s research project, supervisor required

Important note: When submitting an application to the Master of Arts in Education Studies program, thesis and MRP applicants must indicate their preferred Thesis Supervisor in their Statement of Intent. Applicants are advised to review the Faculty Research page and contact faculty in their area of interest to confirm that this potential exists. 


Below is a summary of the Thesis process. Students must consult the Master's Thesis Guide (PDF), Program Policies web page, and the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies' Thesis Regulation Guide for complete thesis guidelines and regulations.


Once a student completes their required and elective courses (usually within the first 2 terms), their thesis proposal will be written and submitted over the Summer term (term 3). See the Master of Arts Thesis Guide for more information about the proposal.


After the proposal is approved, you can then start writing your thesis!  See the Master of Arts Thesis Guide for more details about the thesis.



The MA program in the field of Applied Linguistics is offered on a full-time or part-time basis.

Typical times to completion:

>Full-time - Typically 16 to 24 months (4 to 6 terms)

Part-time - 6 to 9 terms

A typical program of study for full-time MA students enrolled in one of the three completion options look like this:



Course-Based - 10 Courses

Thesis - 6 Courses and Thesis

Master's Research Project - 8 Courses and Research Project

1 Fall/1

2 to 3 Elective Courses

3 Elective Courses

3 Elective Courses

1 Winter/2

9678 - Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research

1 to 2 Elective Courses, including 1 additional research methodology course

9678 - Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research and 2 Elective Courses, including 1 additional research methodology course

9678 - Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research and 2 Elective Courses, including 1 additional research methodology cours

1 Summer/3

2 Elective Courses

Writing and submitting thesis proposal for approval

2 courses

Completing and submitting MRP proposal approval


2 Fall/4

2 to 3 Elective Courses

Collecting data and writing thesis

Writing MRP

2 Winter/5


Collecting data and writing thesis

Writing MRP

2 Summer/6


Thesis examination/defense

Submission and review of MRP



Students who are in the area of Applied Linguistics are required to complete: 

  • 6 to 10 half courses depending on completion option
    • 2 required half courses with a focus on research methodology:
      • 9678 - Diverse Traditions: Introduction to Educational Research
      • 1 additional research methodology course as approved by supervisor (e.g., 9621 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods)
    • 4 to 8 elective courses (as approved), such as:  
      • 9711 - Qualitative Research in Education 
      • 9705 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods 
      • 9302 - Teaching and Learning Vocabulary 
      • 9303 - Computer-assisted language learning 
      • 9308 - Teaching and Learning Grammar 
      • 9309 - Second Language Assessment 
      • 9301 - Social approaches to language learning and teaching 
      • 9307 - Language Teacher Education 
      • 9305 - Discourse analysis and language teaching 
      • 9300 - Understanding second language learning and teaching 
      • 9306 - Syllabus and materials design 
      • 9312 - Teaching listening and speaking skills 
      • 9311 - Teaching reading and writing skills 
      • 9625 - Critical Issues in Language & Literacy Education 
      • 9580 - Introduction to Curriculum (pre-requisite for 9730)
      • 9599 - Early Literacy Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Learning 
      • 9683 - Critical Pedagogy 
      • 9203 - Globalization and education 
      • 9425 - Language, Identity, Pedagogy 
      • 9730 - Advanced Topics in Curriculum (must have completed 9580)

Note 1In lieu of the recommended courses, up to two electives inside or outside the ARC can be made with the approval of the student's supervisor. Students may also have the option to enroll in an Independent Reading and Research Course as one of the electives. 

Note 2: For course-based students, minimum 6 courses must be taken from Applied Linguistics; up to two courses can be taken from outside of the Faculty of Education; up to four courses can be taken from CPELS ARC and/or AP ARC; and no more than three courses can be taken online 

Potential Supervisor

Researchers in the Applied Linguistics portion of this area represent an interdisciplinary field of study that investigates issues pertaining to the nature of language and language use, particularly in the field of education. The range of topics, includes:

  • Second language education
  • Second language teacher education
  • International, Heritage, Minority, Indigenous, and First Nations languages
  • Language loss, Language revitalization, Language Maintenance and Language attrition
  • Language assessment
  • Language policy and planning
  • Social approaches to languages, Sociolinguistics
  • Discourse analysis
  • Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Second/Third/Multiple language acquisition



Frank Boers

Farahnaz Faez

Ruslan Suvorov

Shelley Taylor

Stuart Webb