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What will I learn?


Linguistics is one of three concentrations within the M.A. in English.

The M.A. in Linguistics provides students with a solid grounding in the tools of language analysis. The course offerings in contemporary linguistic theory cover a broad spectrum of the components of linguistic structure: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics, and sociolinguistics. Students interested in any field involving language analysis including but not limited to law, education, anthropology, sociology, psychology, computer science, and linguistics benefit from preparation in examining language data with the rigorous methods of the discipline.

The M.A. in Linguistics prepares students for a variety of teaching and research positions in which the emphasis is on the structure of language. Graduates of the program may teach English language or writing, work in the fields of computational linguistics, communications, or go on to further study in linguistics or related disciplines.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • English M.A. students will critically evaluate scholarship using knowledge of disciplinary history, foundational theories, epistemologies, and scholarly debates to participate in professional communities of Composition, TESOL, and Linguistics.
  • English M.A. students will conduct principled inquiry (critical reflection, observation, and/or formal research) using appropriate methods and tools of analysis to address disciplinary questions and problems of practice.
  • English M.A. students will produce effective written and oral presentations that follow the professional disciplinary standards of Composition, TESOL, and Linguistics.
  • English M.A. students will apply pedagogical knowledge and skills to the teaching of language, literacy, or linguistics.
  • Students in the Linguistics M.A. concentration will demonstrate a solid understanding of the fundamental linguistic subfields of syntax, phonology, morphology, semantics, discourse analysis, and sociolinguistics.
  • Students in the Linguistics M.A. concentration will document the grammar and lexicon of an unfamiliar language (including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.)

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal and Creative Arts

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,210.00 per year
Start date

24 January 2022


College of Liberal and Creative Arts

1600 Holloway Ave,



94132, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and the equivalent major coursework for the program area to which application is made.

For international students

Applicants are expected to have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.

Nonnative Speakers of English

  • TOEFL iBT: 95 (writing score of at least 24)
  • TOEFL paper-based: 64 (writing score of at least 24)
  • IELTS (Academic): 7.0 (with 6.5 for each component)

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


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