Master of Arts in Linguistics

The MA in linguistics (General degree) offers students broad training in all core areas of the discipline. Our MA program prepare students for challenging careers in a variety of industries, including government, education, law, language documentation, description and language archiving, and natural language processing. Our MA programs also serve as an excellent foundation for doctoral studies in linguistics and other language-related fields such as speech pathology, deaf education, audiology, computational linguistics, or the teaching of English as a second language.

Degree Requirements*
The MA in Linguistics degree is a 36-hour program.
* Requirements below will first appear in the 2021-22 catalog

Course requirements include:
15 hours of core courses
12 hours of foundation courses
6 hours of electives
3-hour research seminar (taken during the last 9 hours of coursework)
Students who elect to write a thesis will take 6 hours of thesis LING 5950 in lieu of 6 elective hours.

Core Courses – 15 hours

*LING 5040 - Principles in Linguistics - Needed prerequisite if your degree does not have a background in Linguistics
LING 5070 - Research Design in Linguistics
LING 5075 - Quantitative Research Methods in Linguistics
LING 5300 - Phonology I
LING 5310 - Syntax I
LING 5530 - Semantics and Pragmatics I

Foundation Courses – 12 hours

(Choose four courses from the following)
LING 5020 - Studies in Historical Linguistics
LING 5060 - Second Language Acquisition
LING 5090 - Pedagogical Grammar
LING 5330 - Sociolinguistics
LING 5350 - Language Typology and Universals
LING 5380 - Linguistic Field Methods
LING 5405 - Python for Text
LING 5410 - Computational Linguistics I

Elective Courses - 6 hours

Choose your electives in consultation with your faculty advisor - they'll need to be approved.

Research Seminar

LING 5990 - Professional Development for Linguists