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Requirements for Admission

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or proof of equivalent education in a foreign institution.
  2. Undergraduate degree or satisfactory subject preparation in linguistics, a language, or a related field resulting in a satisfactory grade point average (GPA). (If there is a question of sufficient background, a program of leveling courses not to exceed 12 hours will be arrived at in consultation with the graduate advisor.)
  3. Competency in both Spanish and English (for Hispanic linguistics only).
  4. TOEFL score of 550 or higher for international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not completed a university degree in the U.S.
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
  6. A brief (two- to three-page) personal statement of purpose.

Degree Requirements (36 hours)

Thesis and Non-Thesis options and hours

There are one thesis and two non-thesis options. Each student must choose one of these options. The thesis option requires LING 5398 and LING 5399, in addition to the requirements of nine (9) core hours and 21 elective hours. The thesis will be presented in an open defense. One non-thesis option involves an extended research paper, which will be presented in an open defense. This option requires LING 5397, in addition to the requirements of nine (9) core hours and 24 elective hours. The second non-thesis option involves extended coursework, requiring nine (9) core hours and 27 elective hours. With this option, there will be a final open oral and/or written examination in the candidate’s chosen primary area of study. In more detail, the requirements for each degree option, including the concentration possibilities mentioned above, are as follows:

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 36

MA in Linguistics (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
LING 5301Principles of Ling Analysis3
LING 5320Phonology3
Core Requirement:
LING 5309Generative Syntax3
or LING 5312 Functionalist Syntax
Thesis/Paper/Exam Option:
Select one of the options6
Other Electives:
Select twenty-one hours from Graduate LING21
Total Hours36

Thesis Option

LING 5398
LING 5399
and Thesis
Total Hours6

Paper Option

LING 5397Extended Research Project3
Select three hours from Graduate LING3
Total Hours6

Exam Option

Complete the examination
Select six hours from Graduate LING6
Total Hours6

Graduate LING

LING 5107Seminar-Spec Topics Linguistic1
LING 5308Second Language Teaching3
LING 5309Generative Syntax3
LING 5310Pedagogical Issues in Engl Str3
LING 5312Functionalist Syntax3
LING 5319English Historical Linguistics3
LING 5331Teaching Second Lang Comp3
LING 5348Second Language Acquisition3
LING 5370Study in Language3
LING 5373Linguistic Variation3
LING 5374Language Testing3
LING 5378Lang Universals & Typology3
LING 5381Spanish Phonetics & Phonology3
LING 5382Spanish Syntax3
LING 5385Spanish Historical Linguistics3
LING 5388Bilingualism3
LING 5389Problems In Language Instruct3
LING 5397Extended Research Project3
LING 5398Thesis3
LING 5399Thesis3