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MA Applied Linguistics (TESL)
There are two entry routes for this post-graduate degree, primarily based on English language proficiency.
Note: English language proficiency test scores are accepted for application purposes for up to 2 years from the test date
Please note: the MA Applied Linguistics (TESL) Program Admissions Committee does not accept “language of instruction” waivers. To be considered for admission, all applicants who have not studied for three years or more in one of Canada, the United States, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia or New Zealand must present an English language proficiency test score from within the last two years that is commensurate with the entry criteria noted below.
Course work/Major Research Paper or thesis route.
Length: 12 months for course work/major research paper
16-24 months estimated for thesis route
To qualify for Direct Entry, students must have attended post-secondary school for at least three full-time years in one of the countries listed above. If students do not fulfill this language requirement, they must achieve the following scores on an English language proficiency test:
English language proficiency test scores are accepted up to 2 years from the test date:
TOEFL iBT – 109
TOEFL PBT – 630
TOEFL CBT – 267
IELTS - 8.0 with writing band 8.0
ITELP 600 (
Direct Entry may offer funding, including a paid TA assignment.
The amount of funding will be outlined in an applicant’s offer letter.
Thesis Route information
Course work/Major Research paper route only.
Length: 14 months
Bridged Entry is designed for students who require additional assistance with academic English for applied linguistics. While course work is taken with the Direct Entry students, Bridged Entry students have an additional preparatory course running from the beginning of July to the end of August before coursework begins. This preparatory course covers topics from academic integrity to the appropriate construction of an academic paper for applied linguistics. In addition, from September to August, Bridged Entry students have regular access to a Writing Mentor who is able to help with the mechanics of writing effective research papers, essays and other assignments. To qualify for Bridged Entry, students must achieve the following scores on an English language proficiency test:
English language proficiency test scores are accepted for up to 2 years from the test date:
TOEFL iBT – 80 (no score under 19)
TOEFL PBT – 550
TOEFL CBT – 213
IELTS – 6.5 with writing band 6.5 (no score under 5.5)
ITELP 520 with writing of 225 (
NEW - Bridged Entry application process online
The Applied Linguistics - Bridged Entry program is not eligible for OSAP funding. For more information contact the Student Award and Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.