Our goal is to help students reach a level of preparation suitable for the pursuit of more advanced work in linguistics, or in allied fields with a commitment to the study of language. Many students who complete the MA degree will go on to PhD programs in these areas, while others will instead pursue careers in fields such as speech and language technologies or education, among others. Our program has particular strength in the areas of theoretical syntax and semantics, experimental phonetics and phonology, and language acquisition. Additional areas of focus include language documentation and field linguistics, language change and variation, pragmatics and information status, prosody, Romance linguistics, and sign language linguistics.
The MA program in Linguistics at Boston University is designed to be completed in one year, though students wishing to complete a major independent research project, akin to a thesis or capstone project, may wish to consider spending three or four semesters in the program instead. The program is appropriate both for students with a limited background in linguistics, and for those holding an undergraduate degree in the field. Entering students must have completed an introductory class in linguistics (e.g., CAS LX 250 at BU). Students who do not have a sufficient background in linguistics must pass an examination or make up the deficiency through coursework prior to entry or during the first semester. Such coursework will not be counted toward the master’s degree requirements.
All students pursuing an MA in Linguistics are required to demonstrate graduate-level reading proficiency in a foreign language prior to completion of the degree. Language proficiency can be demonstrated through a language examination, successful completion of a non-credit graduate-level foreign language reading course offered by Boston University, or the equivalent of two years of undergraduate study of the language at Boston University.
- Phonological Analysis
- Intermediate Syntax: Modeling Syntactic Knowledge
- Intermediate Semantics: The Grammatical Construction of Meaning
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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- Three academic recommendations
- Curriculum Vitae
- Writing Sample
- Personal statement/statement of purpose
- Certified English translations of all transcripts and academic records.
International54720 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
National54720 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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