Program Guidelines

Degree Requirements

MA Degrees (Thesis and Course-based)

Both thesis-based and course-based MA programs are offered. The thesis-based program is research focused, while the course-based program is focused on developing a variety of skills.

Students registered in either the thesis-based or course-based programs must successfully complete a minimum of 18 credits in the area of specialization and MLCS 795 (individualized modules tailored to the student's professional goals). The courses chosen to meet the 18 credit requirement will depend on the student's background and must be approved by the Department's Associate Chair (Graduate).

In addition to the requirements listed above:

  • thesis-based student must complete MLCS 797 (academic and professional writing, which will lead into a thesis)
  • course-based student must complete MLCS 796 (individualized modules tailored to the student's professional goals, part II)

The expected time to complete for an MA degree is between twelve and eighteen months. The maximum time allowed to complete the MA program is four years.

PhD Degrees

Over the duration of their program, students must register in and successfully complete a minimum of 30 credits, as follows:

  • 18 credits in coursework in the area of specialization, approved by the Associate Chair (Graduate)
  • MLCS 795 (individualized modules tailored to the student's professional goals)
  • MLCS 797 (academic and professional writing)
  • MLCS 798 (preparation for the comprehensive exams)
  • MLCS 799 (preparation for the candidacy exam)

In addition to the requirements listed above, students must complete a thesis. Students in the Applied Linguistics specialization have the option to complete a paper-based thesis.

Language Requirement: PhD students must demonstrate at least a reading knowledge of two languages other than English. Credits taken to satisfy the language requirements do not count toward the degree.

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies requires that students demonstrate a general knowledge of their specialization of study by passing comprehensive exams prior to the candidacy exam. The candidacy exam is an oral defense of the thesis proposal. Students are expected to complete the candidacy exam successfully in their second year of study. The candidacy exam must be successfully completed by the end of the student's third year in the program.

The expected time to complete for a PhD depends upon the student's progress. The minimum requirement is two years of study and research in residence at the University of Alberta. The maximum time allowed to complete the program is six years.

Map of MLCS Degrees

MA-Course MA-Thesis PhD

Year 1
- 18 credits of courses
(see table below)

Year 1
- 18 credits of courses
(see table below)
Year 1
- 18 credits of courses
(see table below)
     
Year 2 (Fall only)
- MLCS 795
- MLCS 796
- MLCS 901
Year 2 (Fall)
- MLCS 795
- MLCS 797/thesis (50-70 pages)
- THES 903
Year 2 (Fall)
- MLCS 795
- MLCS 797
- MLCS 798
     
   Year 2 (Winter)
- THES 909

 Year 2 (Winter)
- MLCS 799
- THES 906
     
Complete in 18 months

Complete in 24 months

Year 3
- dissertation
     
Years 4-6 (max)
- dissertation
Total: 24 credits Total: 24 credits Total: 30 credits

 

Core courses

Applied Linguistics Media And Cultural Studies Translation Studies Transnational And Comparative Literatures
Year 1 (Fall) MLCS 620
MLCS 622
MLCS 650
MLCS 651
MLCS 640
MLCS 650
MLCS 602
MLCS 610
MLCS 650
MLCS 651
MLCS 630
MLCS 650
Year 1 (Winter) MLCS 621
Elective
Elective
MLCS 652
Elective
Elective
MLCS 600
Elective
Elective
MLCS 652
Elective
Elective

*Note that 3 courses (9 credits) constitutes full-time enrolment. For details about these courses, please see our courses page.