Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics

Program Website | Graduate CalendarFaculty


Graduate Program Director: Hedy McGarrell –

Entry point: September (direct entry) or July (bridged entry)


  • Teaching English as a subsequent language

Program length: 12 months- 3 terms (direct entry) or 14 months- 4 terms (bridged entry)

Application deadline: March 1 (direct entry); February 1 (bridged entry)

How to apply:

  1. Check the university requirements and the program requirements.
  2. Complete the online application and submit the non-refundable application fee.
  3. You will need to submit your transcripts as well as the following program-specific materials:

Direct entry:

  • Three references are required.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume: This should include the applicant’s education, employment, publications, teaching and research activities, and other professional experience (e.g., relevant volunteer experience).
  • A Statement of Intent: ­a one or two page statement outlining the applicant’s objectives in undertaking graduate studies in Applied Linguistics, the applicant’s academic preparedness for the program, and the applicant’s focus of study in the program
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement (if applicant’s first language is not English): TOEFL 630 PBT/109 IBT, TWE 5.5 and TSE 55 or IELTS 8 and writing band 8 (no individual score under 7.5).*
  • Applicants may also be required to submit a writing sample.

*DALS does not grant language waivers to applicants from other countries but requires them to submit the language score they achieved on one of the language tests listed above.

Bridged entry:

  • Cover letter submitted by the applicant or agency (if applicable)
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume: This should indicate the applicant’s education, employment, publication, teaching and research activities, and other professional experience.
  • English Language Proficiency scores for Bridged entry route: TOEFL PBT 550, TOEFL CBT 213, TOEFL iBT 80, IELTS 6.5 and writing band 6.5 (no score under 5.5); ITELP 520 with writing of 225 (Brock University’s own language proficiency test).*
  • Applicants may also be required to submit a writing sample.

*Language of instruction waivers are not accepted for the MA Applied Linguistics (TESL) program.

Please note: Contact the Graduate Program Director, Hedy McGarrell at before applying unless your undergraduate qualifications are from one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, USA, Wales

Thank you for your interest in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Brock University!