To be considered for admission, applicants must have:
- a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all undergraduate work and 3.0 based on the last two years of the B.A.
- completed at least 12 semester hours of linguistics prerequisites including courses equivalent to Articulatory Phonetics, Phonological Analysis and Grammatical Analysis. This requirement is normally met by taking the 9 week CanIL Summer Session. All prerequisite courses must have been completed with a minimum grade of B.
- completed at least 6 semester hours (or equivalent) of a foreign language. If the applicant does not meet this requirement, the requirement may be met later during the program; however, any credits earned towards the foreign language requirement will not be included in the total hours needed to complete the M.A. degree.
- a minimum TOEFL score of 600P/250C/105iBT or an IELTS score of 7.5 on all bands for students who are not mother-tongue speakers of English.
Students may transfer into the program up to 18 semester hours from other institutions. The registrar and program chair will determine which courses may be transferred and from which institutions.