M.A. Linguistics Program Objective
The objective of the M.A. Program is to provide students with a solid foundation in linguistic analysis. To this end, the centerpiece of the M.A. program is the M.A. LING Core, which will expose every student to the fundamental concepts of our field. Beyond the Core, students should select courses that fit their particular interests and career goals.
36 credit hours of graduate-level course work plus comprehensive examination on the coursework. Students requiring leveling courses must add nine (9) hours, for a total of 45 hours.
M.A. LING Curriculum
Leveling Courses: Students with no prior study in linguistics (as indicated by an official transcript) must complete the following three leveling courses:
Students required to take the leveling courses must earn a grade of 'A' or 'B' in each to be allowed continued enrollment in the program, regardless of their performance in any other linguistics courses.
Students who present documentation of comparable coursework (with grades no lower than a 'B-') may have the leveling course requirement waived from their program of work. The MA Linguistics advisor will be charged with evaluating previous coursework and making decisions about leveling course waivers.
Core Courses: All students must complete the following courses (21 credits):
Students must round out their knowledge of language by choosing five additional classes (15 credits). Up to 6 hours of these elective courses are allowed from another department with approval of the Graduate Advisor. The remaining 9 hours must be taken from the Department of Linguistics & TESOL.
M.A. Comprehensive Examination
The M.A. Comprehensive Examination should be taken during the final semester of study; exceptions to this policy must be approved by the MA Linguistics advisor. The examination covers material from areas 2, 3, and 4 listed in the "Core Courses" and "Advanced Courses" sections (above):
The Comprehensive Examination is given twice each year, in the fall semester (early November) and the spring semester (early April); a specific exam date will be announced at the beginning of each semester.
A student who fails the exam and is granted permission to be re-examined must sit for the entire exam again; no "partial exams" will be administered. After receiving the results of their Comprehensive Exam, students must file a Final Master's Exam Report (pdf) with the Graduate School.
Department of Linguistics & TESOL