Brigham Young University

M.A. On Campus
24 months
442 USD/credit
442 USD/credit
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The purpose of the linguistics MA Linguistics program of Brigham Young University is closely related to the department's definition of linguistics, which is the scientific study of language. 


Linguistics program of Brigham Young University aims to prepare the student to become a language professional, go on to a PhD program, or go into the world as a competent practitioner of the skills expected of a linguist. A more applied, but popular emphasis in the department is a track that combines linguistics with computer skills. 

The linguistics curriculum develops such skills as analyzing language in its sound, structure, and meaning. Optional tracks also introduce the student to such related fields as anthropological linguistics, information design, sociolinguistics, and language-oriented computing.

Key facts:

  • Analyze linguistic data using appropriate (linguistic) methodology. Be able to understand, interpret, analyze, and assess academic linguistic literature.
  • Demonstrate skills useful for employment or for future graduate studies (e.g. doctoral or other programs in computer science, Hispanic linguistics, applied linguistics, law, communication, marketing, etc.). Examples include: corpus analysis, computer programming, quantitative and qualitative data analysis (including statistical procedures), editing, teaching second languages, natural language processing, and translation.
  • Be able to make formal written and oral presentations on a linguistic topic.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Studies in Language
  • English Spelling
  • Language Policy and Planning in English Language Contexts
  • History of the Book
  • Varieties of English
  • Structure of Modern English
  • Language and Literature
  • Field Methods in Linguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Anthropological Linguistics
  • Historical-Comparative Linguistics
  • Readings in Linguistics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3.67 (recommended)

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • GRE 
  • Resume
  • Competency in two languages other than English (one at the 200 level and one at the 300 level)  Note:  this requirement can be completed after starting the program along with regular course work, but it does not count towards the overall 33 credit program requirement.
  • If indicated by an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), nonnative English speakers will need to take ESL 301 Advanced Academic English, ESL 302 Advanced English Pronunciation, or ESL 305 Applied Grammar.  The OPI should be completed before or during the first semester.
  • Non-native English speakers must take Ling 501 during winter semester.  However, you will be instructed on how this requirement may be waived during your first fall semester.
  • Applicants should submit a writing sample (peer-reviewed if possible) in English, no longer than 20 pages, that reflects their best single authored work preferably focused on some area of linguistics, language or communication.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    442 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 442 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    442 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 442 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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