1. LING 700: Introduction to Linguistic Science or its equivalent
  2. Reading ability in a foreign language (not English) with a significant linguistic literature.


Thirty-three credit hours of graduate work including:

  1. LING 794: Proseminar
  2. LING 705: Phonetics I
  3. LING 712: Phonology I
  4. LING 725: Syntax I
  5. LING 709: Introduction to Language Acquisition
    LING 715: Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
  6. LING 735: Psycholinguistics
    LING 738: Introduction to Neurolinguistics
  7. One of the following research methods courses:
    • LING 720: Research Methods in Linguistics
    • LING 741: Field Methods in Linguistic Description
    • LING 782: Research Methods in Child Language

Twelve credit hours of electives to be determined by the student and the student's advisor; not to include LING 998 Independent Study or LING 850/851/852.


  1. A written comprehensive exam taken no later than the semester in which the student completes the 33 hours of course work.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           For those continuing in the PhD program, a research project (M.A. Research Project and Research Project defense) is required. Three hours of M.A. research project credit (LING 899) may be applied toward the minimum of 33 hours for the degree. The Master’s research project should consist of a detailed research proposal and include pilot results and/or preliminary analyses. Students in the Ph.D. program should be able to continue working on the project with the aim of submitting it as a qualifying paper for the Ph.D. program.

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