The program considers applicants with a first degree in any field (average at least B 70 %+), proven linguistic ability in two languages, and at least fair ability in a third language. Special attention will be given to attracting practitioners in the field. Tests and interviews are conducted to determine admission of applicants and to decide on the number and timing of remedial courses, as described below, for language competency, linguistics and other skills requirements.

Remedial Courses and Exemptions

It is assumed that candidates selected will already have excellent writing and speaking proficiency in at least two languages, adequate proficiency in a third language, ability to navigate the internet, and competence in word processing. Normally, graduates from language/literature departments and those who have taken undergraduate linguistics courses will be exempt from taking remedial courses. Such remedial courses will usually not exceed three undergraduate courses (9 credit hours), though the Department may waive all or some of these hours, or it may recommend to Graduate Studies that a student take up to five remedial courses (a total of up to 15 credit hours) if necessary.

Remedial courses could be assigned from among the following, or others, as deemed necessary: English 0402301 (Advanced Grammar), 0402310 (Introduction to Linguistics), 0402312 (Writing III: Essay Writing), 0402315 (Comparative Linguistics), 0402313 (Semantics), 0402314 (Syntax), 0402401 (Introduction to Translation), 0402412 (Sociolinguistics), 0402420 (Literary Theory); a course or more in Arabic essay writing, grammar or linguistics, as determined by need. Exemption from TRANS 8040501 could be given in exceptional cases to students who demonstrate they have covered the entire course content.

As many MA candidates as possible will pursue their study in three languages. Third language upgrading to high levels of proficiency may require further study and other methods. Supplementary training is mainly the responsibility of each candidate, though the program will facilitate local venues and opportunities abroad. Third language training is independent of other remedial requirements and is not associated with any particular number of credits.

MA Academic Requirements

  • The MA program offers a combination of core, elective and specific practice courses amounting to 39 credit hours. The thesis option requires 24 credit hours of core courses, 9 credit hours of electives, and 6 hours for the thesis. The no-thesis option requires 24 credit hours of core courses and 15 credits of electives, including the Seminar, and a comprehensive examination.
  • This program is primarily designed for part-time study over two years. However, remedial courses may require additional time, all or mostly during the semester preceding formal entry into the program.
  • Submission of the thesis proposal and thesis must follow the time framework and format regulations issued by Graduate Studies.
  • All third language proficiency requirements and 100 of the 150 practicum hours must be satisfied by the middle of the second semester in the second year of study.

Higher Diploma Option

Students who choose the Higher Diploma option must complete 30 credits, including the core courses: TRANS 8040501, 510, 512, 521, 531, 551, 552, 577, plus two electives, one of which must be 8040591. MA-track students may be awarded a Higher Diploma in certain cases, as stipulated in the Graduate Studies regulations. Higher Diploma graduates who decide later to pursue the MA degree may be asked to repeat courses in which their grades are lower than 75%, and be required to take between 3 and 6 additional credit hours, fulfill third language requirements if necessary for specialization, in addition to writing a thesis (or taking 6 credit hours instead of the thesis).