The Diploma in Linguistics program is specifically designed for students who hold a Bachelor’s degree in a different field. The program covers core courses from the undergraduate linguistics major in order to prepare students for graduate studies.

Overview of the Program

The Diploma is designed primarily for those intending to apply to a master’s program in linguistics, speech-language pathology, audiology, or those intending to apply to second-language teaching programs*. Current language education teachers are also encouraged to apply to the Diploma to enhance their knowledge base.

*Students who wish to be language teachers in the BC school system must complete a program of Initial Teacher Education for elementary or secondary teaching, including teaching methodology courses appropriate to the languages to be taught.

Program Requirements

The Diploma in Linguistics provides a rigorous investigation into various linguistics phenomena including grammar, phonology, phonetics and semantics. The program requires 30 credits of coursework that can be completed in one year of full-time study, but may be taken part-time and extended over a maximum of five years. The 30 credits of coursework includes:

  • 6 credits from LING 300, 311, 313, and 327
  • An additional 24 credits of courses numbered 300 or higher. These must all be LING courses, except for a maximum of 6 credits which can be taken from senior-level courses in related areas.

Students who wish to practice as speech-language pathologists or audiologists in Canada or the U.S. must complete an appropriate master’s program. See The School of Audiology and Speech Sciences for the required prerequisites for the two-year Master’s program at UBC.

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