What will I learn?

In the field of linguistics, we attempt to answer the following types of questions:

  • What is the relation between language and society?
  • Why and how does language change through time?
  • What is the relation between language and thought?
  • How do languages differ from one another?
  • How are all languages alike?
  • How do children learn language?
  • How do we understand and produce sentences?

Linguistics is concerned with discovering the organizing principles of human languages and applying these principles to the description of individual languages. Using systematic descriptions of language and language usage, linguists also investigate how language interacts with intellectual and cultural life. Linguistics has applications to teaching, speech-language pathology and the applied sciences of communication engineering and computer science.

York's focus is on sociolinguistics and as a result, the program can provide you with a social and cultural perspective on almost every aspect of the humanities and social sciences.

  • Take advantage of our smaller class sizes and get to know your professors.
  • Focus both on core aspects of linguistics (phonology, syntax, morphology, and semantics), as well as sociolinguistics, linguistic variation and change, discourse analysis, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition.
  • The Department offers more than 20 different courses a year which investigate the relation between language and society and between language and thought.

Possible Career Paths

  • Educator
  • Speech/language pathologist or audiologist
  • Lawyer
  • Editor (e.g. dictionaries, periodicals, editorial, white papers etc.)
  • Language documentation specialist
  • Government worker
  • Translator and interpreter
  • Communications specialist

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$32,416.00 (US$ 26,201) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2021

Start date

10 January 2022


Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

4700 Keele Street,

S900 Ross Building,


Ontario (ON),

M3J 1P3, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a US Grade 12 diploma plus SAT and/or ACT examination scores. Other English Language Requirements accepted: York English Language Test with a Overall band: 1-5; TOEFL: Computer-based: 220,Paper-based: 560; Test de français international(TFI) with a Overall score: 785.

For international students

Students need to have: Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD); Six 4U/4M courses, including ENG4U, NBE4U or FRA4U. Students from other countries should have country specific requirements equivalent to Canada.

Accepted Language Tests and Scores

TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language iBT: 83

IELTS International English Language Testing Service (Academic Module): 6.5

Pearson PTE Academic: 60

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): 60

Cambridge English Language Assessment (CAE, CPE): 176 from C1 Advanced

Duolingo: 115