M.A. in Linguistics
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 a comprehensive examination on the coursework.
M.A. LING Curriculum
Core Courses: All students must complete the following courses (12 credits):
Students must round out their knowledge of language by choosing eight additional classes (24 credits). Up to 6 hours of these elective courses are allowed from another department with approval of the Graduate Advisor. The remaining hours must be taken from the Department of Linguistics & TESOL.Students with no prior study in linguistics (as indicated by an official transcript) will be encouraged to complete the following three leveling courses before enrolling in more advanced courses:
These leveling classes will be counted towards the 24 credit elective-course requirement.
M.A. Comprehensive Examination
The M.A. Comprehensive Examination should be taken during the final long semester of study; exceptions to this policy must be approved by the MA Linguistics advisor.
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.
See the Exams section of our website to get information that will help you prepare for the Comprehensive Exam.
Department of Linguistics & TESOL