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.

Valuable Research Office support

Valuable Research Office support

Possibilities to attend conferences

Possibilities to attend conferences

Move into a PhD program

Move into a PhD program

Establish networking relationships

Establish networking relationships

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 program also prepares students for advanced study and research at the doctoral level.  


8 courses + MRP (Master’s Research Project) 

6 courses + Master’s Thesis 

(Exceptional students may be invited by Curriculum faculty to fast track into our PhD program at the end of their first year.)  

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit our Faculty Research page for more information on the exciting research being conducted at the Faculty of Education. 

Important note: When submitting an application to the Master of Arts in Education Studies program, 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 they will register in ED 9683 Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP). By the end of the semester in which a student completes the last required course decide on a topic for their thesis, and submit the Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP) - Supervisor Approval Form (found on the Forms & Guidelines page).

The IPP provides a structure for the writing of a thesis proposal. An initial review of relevant research provides the background for the proposed study. The methodological framework and the method to be employed are studied and developed. Ethical considerations are investigated and, where appropriate, an ethical review document prepared. The IPP is not a course but a milestone and compulsory element for those writing a Thesis.

The IPP should be completed in one term. The IPP is completed when the proposal and ethical review (where required) have been submitted for approval.

The Thesis Supervisor after consulting with the faculty members concerned, will formally appoint a Thesis Advisory Committee. The Committee will consist of a Thesis Supervisor and at least one additional faculty member who will act as a Thesis Advisory Committee Member. The Thesis Supervisor must be a member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with Ph.D. supervisory status, as approved by the Credentials Committee of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

When the Thesis Supervisory Committee is satisfied with a student's written proposal, the student may submit the proposal for approval. The student submits one copy of their proposal and the MA Thesis Proposal Approval form to the Graduate Programs Office for approval by the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs.

If the proposed research involves human subjects, the student has to receive ethics approval from Western University Research Ethics Board before the research begins. Please see the Research Ethics page for more information.

The student may proceed with their research and thesis preparation when all approvals have been obtained.


Only after all approvals have been obtained the student must register in ED 9590 Master's Thesis and may proceed with the research and the preparation of the thesis under the guidance and review of the Thesis Supervisory Committee. Please note that ED 9590 is not a course but a milestone.

When the thesis has been completed and approved by the Thesis Supervisory Committee. The student will submit the Application for Thesis Examination - Form B and Master's Thesis Supervisor Approval Form (found on the Forms & Guidelines page) to the Graduate Programs Office. The necessary arrangements will be made by the Graduate Programs Office for the examination of the thesis in accordance with the appropriate University regulations.


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 - 24 months (2 years) 

Part-time - 9 terms (3 years) 

A typical program of study for full-time MA students enrolled in the thesis option looks like this: 



Year 1 

3 Elective Courses

Year 1 

ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research

2 Elective Courses, including 1 additional research methodology course

Year 1 

ED 9693 Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP)

Year 2 

ED 9590 Thesis

Year 2 

ED 9590 Thesis

Year 2 

ED 9590 Thesis

Part-Time students can take 1-2 courses per term.

A typical program of study for full-time MA students enrolled in the MRP option looks like this: 


Full - Time

Year 1 

3 courses

Year 1 

3 courses

Year 1 

2 courses



Thesis-based students are required to complete 6 courses + Thesis.  

MRP based students are required to complete 8 courses + MRP 

Thesis-based students who are in the area of Applied Linguistics are required to complete: 

  • 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 elective courses (as approved by supervisor), such as:  
    • Qualitative Research in Education 
    • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods 
    • Teaching and Learning Vocabulary 
    • Teaching and Learning Grammar 
    • Second Language Assessment 
    • Social approaches to language learning and teaching 
    • Language Teacher Education 
    • Discourse analysis and language teaching 
    • Understanding second language learning and teaching 
    • Computer-assisted language learning 
    • Syllabus and materials design 
    • Teaching listening and speaking skills 
    • Teaching reading and writing skills 
    • Critical Issues in Language & Literacy Education 
    • Introduction to Curriculum 
    • Early Literacy Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Learning 
    • Critical Pedagogy 
    • Globalization and education 
    • Language, Identity, Pedagogy 
    • Advanced Topics in Curriculum 
  • Thesis

Note: In 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 enrol in an Independent Reading and Research Course as one of the electives.

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

Julie Byrd Clark

Farahnaz Faez

Shelley Taylor

Stuart Webb 


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 practise.

- 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.


Tuition amounts are set each year by Senate and then published on the Office of the Registrar's Fees Schedules web page. Fees are assessed once each term (Fall, Winter, Summer).

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For questions about fees, including how to pay fees and the methods of payment that are accepted, students should go to the Student Financial Services pages of the Office of the Registrar's web site or contact Student Financial Services (Office of the Registrar) at 519-661-2100.


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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 Sakai OWL is found here: https://owl.uwo.ca/portal.

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