M.A. On Campus


Northeastern Illinois University

12 months
865 USD/credit
865 USD/credit
432 USD/credit
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The Linguistics program of the Northeastern Illinois University focuses on investigating language from both theoretical and functional approaches.


Our dynamic curriculum combines core studies in the structure of language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) with current approaches in sociolinguistics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, language contact, world Englishes, endangered languages and language documentation, discourse analysis, and identity studies.

Our carefully designed curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in the study and understanding of human language as a convergence of genetic, psychological and social systems and networks. We train students to critically examine and analyze the world within and around them—skills that can be applied to teaching, curriculum development, corporate cultures, legal contexts, intercultural communication, forensics, artificial intelligence, publishing, counseling, speech pathology, and child development. Knowledge of how and why we use language brings us closer to understanding who we are and how we can affect our worlds.

Program Benefits

Students who embark on the journey to mastery of a discipline do so for a variety of reasons: career enhancement or change, curiosity and love of learning, self-discovery, and, ultimately, personal fulfillment. The Linguistics program of the Northeastern Illinois University is unique in providing an emphasis on the analysis of both the structure and the function of language for professional careers and personal growth. Through coursework and hands-on research, students gain knowledge of:

  • the nature and structure of language
  • principles and methods of language analysis and documentation
  • relationships between language, mind, and cognition
  • the nature and process of language acquisition and multilingualism
  • relationships between language and cultural, national, social, and personal identity
  • the role of language as a mediator of intercultural understanding
  • how to apply their new-found expertise to a variety of professions

The M.A. in Linguistics also prepares students for doctoral study and research in linguistics, anthropology, education, psychology, and other related fields.

Career Options

An M.A. in Linguistics is a recognized asset for careers within the social and behavioral sciences.and will enhance your career opportunities in the following fields:

  • Technology: Work in speech recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and computer-mediated language learning.
  • Language preservation: Documentation and preservation of endangered languages, establishing literacy programs, translating documents for preservation of cultural heritage.
  • Education: Teach English and other languages, develop language teaching curriculum, train teachers, design assessment.
  • College/University Teaching: Use your degree to teach linguistics course at colleges and universities.
  • Publishing: Take a position in editing, publishing, or writing.
  • Advertising and Branding: Develop advertising strategies and brand names.
  • Government agencies: Work for the Foreign Service, NSA, Department of Education, Department of Defense, FBI, or CIA.
  • Film and Theater: Create languages, coach dialects and accents.
  • Consulting: Become a consultant on language and interaction in professions such as law or medicine.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Modern Linguistics
  • Typology
  • Phonetics & Phonology
  • Morphology
  • Generative Grammar
  • Sociolinguistics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (Courses taken at colleges or universities outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services, Inc.)
  • Statement of goals and objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation with signed supplemental Letter of Recommendation Forms
  • Any additional program-specific required documents
  • Application fee
  • Notarized Graduate Financial Statement
  • Notarized bank letter(s) from each sponsor’s financial institution
  • TOEFL or IELTS official score report
  • Copy of passport photo page
  • Copy of Form I-94 and Form I-20 (if applying from within the U.S.)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    865 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    865 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    432 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 432 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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