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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 tracks. Each student must pursue one of these tracks. The thesis trackrequires 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 track involves an extended paper/project, which will be presented in an open defense. This track requires LING 5397, in addition to the requirements of nine (9) core hours and 24 elective hours. The second non-thesis track involves extended coursework, requiring nine (9) core hours and 27 elective hours. Under this track, 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 track, including the concentration possibilities mentioned above, are as follows:

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 36

MA in Linguistics with no concentration 

MA in Linguistics (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
LING 5301Principles of Ling Analysis3
LING 5309Generative Syntax3
LING 5320Phonology3
Other Electives:
Select a track below
Thesis Track
LING 5398Thesis3
LING 5399Thesis3
21 additional hours of graduate linguistic courses21
Extended Paper/Project Track
LING 5397Extended Research Project3
24 additional hours of graduate linguistic courses24
Examination/Open Presentation Track
27 additional hours of graduate linguistics courses27
Total Hours 36

MA in Linguistics with Concentration in Applied Linguistics

Required Courses
LING 5301Principles of Ling Analysis3
LING 5309Generative Syntax3
LING 5320Phonology3
LING 5348Second Language Acquisition3
One advanced course in or relevant to AL with advisor approval3
Select a track below
Thesis Track
LING 5398Thesis3
LING 5399Thesis3
15 additional hours of graduate linguistic courses15
Extended Paper/Project Track
LING 5397Extended Research Project3
18 additional hours of graduate linguistics courses18
Total Hours36

MA in Linguistics with Concentration in Hispanic Linguistics

Required Courses
LING 5301Principles of Ling Analysis3
LING 5309Generative Syntax3
LING 5320Phonology3
LING 5348Second Language Acquisition3
One advanced course in or relevant to HISP Lx with advisor approval3
Select a track below
Thesis Track
LING 5398Thesis3
LING 5399Thesis3
15 additional hours of graduate linguistics courses15
Extended Paper/Project Track
LING 5397Extended Research Project3
18 additional hours of graduate linguistics courses18
Total Hours36

Graduate Linguistics (LING) Courses

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