Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages

Graduate Study
Linguistics - Master of Arts

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Arts and Letters, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts degree program in linguistics, an applicant must:

  1. Have the results of the Graduate Record Examination General Test forwarded to the department.
  2. Include in the letter required by the college a 500–700 word statement of purpose and summary of academic background.

To be admitted to the program on regular status, an applicant must have:

  1. A grade–point average of at least 3.20 in courses completed in the last two years of the baccalaureate degree program.
  2. Completed an introductory survey course in linguistics.
  3. Completed at least two years of study in a foreign language at the college level.

Provisional Admission

Persons who have not met the requirements for admission on regular status as specified above may be admitted to the program on provisional status and be required to complete collateral courses.  A student who has not completed an introductory survey course in linguistics must enroll in Linguistics 401 during the first semester of enrollment in the program.  A student who has not completed at least two years of study in a foreign language at the college level should enroll in a foreign language course during the first semester of enrollment in the program.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Linguistics

The program is available under both Plan A (with thesis) and Plan B (without thesis).  A total of 30 credits is required for the degree under either Plan A or Plan B.  The student's program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor.  The student must meet the requirements specified below:

Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B

  1. Complete 30 credits in Linguistics courses.
  2. Complete all of the following courses with a grade of at least 3.0 in each course:
    LIN    424    Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology (3)
    LIN    434    Introduction to Syntax (3)
    LIN    437    Semantics and Pragmatics (3)
    LIN    824    Phonological Theory I (3)
    LIN    834    Syntax Theory I (3) 

Additional Requirements for Plan A

  1. Complete 4 credits of LIN 899  Master's Thesis Research. No more than 4 credits of Linguistics 899 may be counted toward the degree.
  2. Complete 11 additional credits in Linguistics courses approved by the student's academic advisor.
  3. Pass an oral examination in defense of the thesis.

Additional Requirements for Plan B

  1. Complete 15 additional credits in Linguistics courses approved by the student's academic advisor.
  2. Pass a written final certifying examination in an area of applied or theoretical linguistics.

Academic Standards

The student must maintain a cumulative grade–point average of at least 3.20.