Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

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Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies

Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Faculty:School of Linguistics and Language Studies
Field of Study:Linguistics
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $6,381
National: $6,381


Our PhD program is housed in the School of Linguistics and Languages Studies (SLaLS). Emphasizing the central role that language plays in educational, workplace, community, and other social contexts the doctoral program focuses on the following four areas: second and foreign language teaching and learning, including Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL); the nature, learning, and teaching of written discourse and literacies; and the analysis of written, oral, and multimodal discourse. Our students can draw on one or both of two fields, Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, to suit their own study and research goals. Our PhD program is unique in North America as these two fields are typically housed in different departments or faculties at other universities.


Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Portfolio
The normal requirement for admission to the Ph.D. program is a Master's Degree in Applied Language Studies, Applied Linguistics, Teaching English as a Second Language, Composition and Rhetoric, or an acceptable equivalent field, with at least an A- average (10 G.P.A.). Applicants whose academic preparation has deficiencies in certain areas may be admitted to the Ph.D. program with the requirement that they take additional courses. In addition to transcripts and letters of reference, applications will include a statement of interest outlining the applicant's proposed area of doctoral research and a representative sample of the applicant's academic writing.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on September 01, 2022