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Master of Arts in Linguistics

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M.A. Degree Requirements


3 credit hours of linguistics (LING 700 or equivalent) and reading ability in a foreign language (not English) with a significant linguistics literature. Students who do not meet these prerequisites but have undergraduate majors in related fields (such as a foreign language, English, speech, anthropology, or psychology) may be accepted with the provision that they make up deficiencies as soon as possible.

Degree Requirements

The following are minimum requirements.

Course Work

33 credit hours of graduate work including

  • LING 794 Proseminar
  • LING 705 Phonetics I
  • LING 712 Phonology I
  • LING 725 Syntax I
  • LING 709 First Language Acquisition or LING 715 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
  • LING 735 Psycholinguistics or LING 738 Neurolinguistics
  • 1 of the following research methods courses:
    LING 720 Research Methods in Linguistics
    LING 740 Linguistic Data Processing
    LING 741 Field Methods in Linguistic Description
    LING 782 Research Methods in Child Language
  • 12 credit hours of electives to be determined by the student and the student’s adviser, excluding LING 998 Independent Study.

M.A. students can complete the degree either by writing a thesis and passing a thesis oral defense (Thesis Option) or by passing a written comprehensive examination (Comprehensive Examination Option).

Thesis Option

A maximum of 3 hours of thesis credit (LING 899) may be applied toward the minimum of 33 hours for the degree. The thesis must be defended successfully in an oral examination.

Comprehensive Examination Option

A comprehensive written examination should be taken no later than the semester in which the student completes 33 hours of course work applicable to the M.A.

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