Master’s Degrees

The Linguistics Department offers three Master’s Degrees:

  • M.A. in Linguistics
  • M.A. in Computational Linguistics
  • M.S. in Computational Linguistics

Students with an interest in second language teaching should consult the Department of Second Language Studies.


M.A. in Linguistics

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.A. program will be based on evaluations of (1) undergraduate grade record, (2) level of achievement in the Graduate Record Examination General Test, (3) three letters of recommendation, and (4) undergraduate exposure to linguistics and related course work. Students not satisfying requirement (4) may be admitted but may be required to do course work prerequisite to introductory graduate courses.

Thesis

Optional; maximum of 4 credit hours.

Final

No examination.

Course Requirements

A total of 30 credit hours, including L520, L530, L541, L542, and L543. A grade point average of 3.0 (B) must be achieved in these five core courses. Additional electives as approved by the department. Graduate courses at other institutions may be used as equivalents to required course work if their content is considered satisfactory by the department. A minimum of 20 credit hours must be from linguistics department offerings.

Foreign Language Requirements

Reading knowledge of one foreign language approved by the department and knowledge of the structure of a language or languages other than English and outside the student’s general language family. (The L653-L654 sequence may satisfy the second part of this requirement.)


M.A. in Computational Linguistics

Course Requirements

The master’s track in computational linguistics consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours, including L541, L542, L543, L545, and L645.  Students must also fulfill a specialization course requirement by taking two of the following courses:  Q520 (Cognitive Science); L614, L615 (Linguistics);  and seminar courses such as P657 (Psychology) and L715 (Computational Linguistics) and L700 (Linguistics) approved by the student’s academic advisor. 

Three additional electives must be taken. Electives must be approved by the student’s advisor, but will typically be courses relevant to computational linguistics, in Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Psychology, Speech and Hearing, or the School of Informatics. A minimum of 20 credit hours must be from Linguistics Department offerings. All specialization courses and electives must be approved by the student’s advisor.

Programming Language Requirement

L555 – Programming for Computational Linguists, or a computer programming course (or the equivalent) approved by the student’s academic advisor.

Language Structure Requirement

Knowledge of the structure of a language or languages other than English and outside the student’s general language family. This requirement is equivalent to that for the general M.A. in linguistics.


M.S. in Computational Linguistics

Course Requirements

The master’s track in computational linguistics consists of a minimum of 33 credit hours, including L614, L545, L645, L665, L715, and CSCI-A594.  

Two additional electives must be taken. Electives must be approved by the student’s advisor, but will typically be courses relevant to computational linguistics, in Linguistics, Computer Science, Informatics, Library & Information Science, or Cognitive science.

Programming Language Requirement

LING-L555 or equivalent programming course or knowledge approved by the department

Math and Logic Foundation

STAT-S520 “Introduction to Statistics” (or equivalent) and/or COGS-Q520 “Mathematics and Logic of Cognitive Science” or equivalent approved by department..