What will I learn?

The Department of Linguistics offers an M.A. in Linguistics with an option in General Linguistics and an M.A. in Linguistics with an option in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. At California State University, Fresno, students may also get a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Computational Linguistics or Cognitive Science. Department faculty will assist students in planning such a program. For specific requirements, see Degree Requirements below; for general requirements see Division of Research and Graduate Studies.

Students who do not already have a sufficient background in linguistics need to take upper-division linguistics courses to attain classified standing in the department. These include LING 100, 139, 142, 143, 148, 165, (all students) and 141 and 171I (TESOL students).

The graduate program consists of at least 30 units, 21 of which must be 200-level courses. Note the following requirements:

TESOL Option
Core: LING 239, 242, 243, 248, 265 (15 units)
Required: LING 236, 237, 241, 244 (12 units)
Electives: (3 units) One additional course is required for TESOL option students selecting the Comprehensive Exam.
All students select one of the following culminating experiences:
A. Thesis: LING 299A-B (6 units)
B. Comprehensive Exam

Highly recommended electives are LING 151 and LING 145 and LING 165. Highly recommended electives for TESOL students are LING 132 and 148.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (At least 30 units of courses with a minimum of 21 units of graduate level courses.)

Tuition fees
US$17,527.00 per year
USD $2,082 Per Semester for 0-6 units; USD $3,588 Per Semester for 6.1 or more units; Nonresident tuition fee: USD $396 per unit
Application deadline

Expected April, November 2022

Start date

18 January 2022


College of Arts and Humanities

2380 E. Keats MS/MB99,



93740, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students complete a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required. Applicants with a GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 may be considered, however, for these applicants the GRE General Test is required. A bachelor’s degree in music (or the equivalent) is required. Applicants must have their official transcript(s) sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

For international students

The Master of Arts degree program in Linguistics assumes a baccalaureate degree major in an appropriate field and at least three upper-division courses in linguistics as prerequisites.

Specifically, a student shall (1) hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities; (2) be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended; (3) have satisfied any one of the following: [a] attained a GPA of at least 2.5 in an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree, or [b] attained a GPA of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) attempted, or [c] hold an acceptable post-baccalaureate degree earned at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association.

English Proficiency Requirement for International Students:

TOEFL – 80 iBT, or

IELTS – 6.5, or

Pearson’s Test of English - 53, or

iTEP – 4.5, or

Fresno State’s AEI program – 550 Institutional TOEFL

. Application Deadlines: Fall - April 1 and Spring - November 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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