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Master of Arts in Linguistics

The University's basic requirements for the master's degree are discussed in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin. The following are additional departmental requirements. Candidates should review the department's Guidelines for the M.A. Degree in Linguistics for further particulars concerning these requirements.

  1. Courses: candidates must complete 45 units of graduate work in Linguistics, including at least four courses in the student's area of specialization. No more than two courses should be at the 100 level.

    Individual programs should be worked out in advance with an adviser to ascertain that the necessary courses in the area of specialization are offered over the course of the year of anticipated enrollment. The overall grade point average (GPA) must be at least 3.0 (B) for all degree program coursework.

  2. Language: reading knowledge of a non-native language in which a substantial linguistic literature is written, with sufficient facility to understand and interpret linguistic research published in that language, or in-depth research on the structure of a non-native language.
  3. Thesis or Thesis Project: a research paper supervised by a committee of three faculty (normally fulfilled by up to 6 units of LINGUIST 398, Directed Research).

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