M.A.

Students in the M.A. Program in Linguistics gain a solid foundation in the core areas of linguistic theory and benefit from a broad overview of areas of human language that intersect with other disciplines, such as psychology, anthropology, and sociology.

Students in the M.A. Program in Linguistics gain a solid foundation in the core areas of linguistic theory and benefit from a broad overview of areas of human language that intersect with other disciplines, such as psychology, anthropology, and sociology.

There are ample research opportunities in the program’s laboratories. Students can choose to focus on one or more linguistics specialty areas, such as bilingualism and multilingualism, endangered languages and language documentation, heritage languages, language acquisition in children and adults, language change and historical linguistics, and sociolinguistics.

Path to Degree

Fall 1

LING70100: Introduction to Theoretical Ling. + Practicum (4 credits)

Any of the following:
Electives 
LING71200: Syntax I + Practicum (4 credits) 
LING71300: Phonology I + Practicum (4 credits)

Spring 1 

Electives
LING72300: Semantics I + Practicum (4 credits)

Fall 2

Any of the following:
Electives
LING71200: Syntax I + Practicum (4 credits) 
LING71300: Phonology I + Practicum (4 credits)

Spring 2

Elective (3 credits)
Supervised Research/Master’s Thesis (3 credits)

Curriculum Requirements

The M.A. in Linguistics requires thirty (30) credits of approved graduate course work, including 15 credits of required core curriculum courses:

  • Introduction to Theoretical Linguistics  + practicum (4 credits)
  • MA Supervised Research / Independent Study (3 credits)
  • Any two of the following:
    • Phonology I + practicum (4 credits)
    • Semantics I + practicum (4 credits)
    • Syntax I + practicum (4 credits)

The remaining 15 credits are taken as electives, of which a minimum of 9 credits must be taken within Linguistics.

Master’s students are required to show proficiency in or familiarity with one language other than English.

Proficiency in a language will be satisfied if any of the following are true:

  • you are a native speaker of the language
  • you are literate in the language
  • you can demonstrate the equivalent of 2 years of college study of the language
  • you can pass a translation exam in the language, composed and graded within our program
  • you can pass an oral proficiency exam in the language, organized and graded within our program

Familiarity with a language will be satisfied if:

  • you have conducted significant fieldwork on the language
  • you have completed Linguistics 73100: The Structure of a Language, with a grade of B or better
  • you can document extended first-hand contact with the language (spoken, signed, or written) during your course of graduate study to the satisfaction of the Executive Officer

When the student is in their last semester they must write a thesis that results in a passing grade of B or better.  The student will seek out a tenured or tenured-tracked faculty member in the Linguistics Program to serve as their thesis research supervisor. The research topic must be approved by student’s chosen faculty supervisor. The student must now complete the M.A. Supervised Research Topic Approval Form and submit it to the EO or APO.

Masters thesis deposit procedures are available via the Mina Rees Library.