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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

24 months
5325 USD/year
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​​​​​​​​​The Linguistics program at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev explores the linguistic abilities of the human mind, including the formation of sentence structure (syntax), sentence meaning (semantics), word meaning (lexicon), sound patterns (phonology and phonetics), the acquisition of language by children, and neurolinguistics. 

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Why Study Linguistics ?

The courses are taught by internationally renowned scholars, while students come from many backgrounds and countries, enhancing a pluralistic academic community and a lively exchange of ideas. The informal atmosphere of our relatively small department provides a nurturing learning environment, allowing for individual attention and guidance.

Theoretical linguistic research deals with the construction of an abstract model of the language faculty in the brain, viewing linguistics as an essential component of cognitive science. The department is engaged in interdisciplinary teaching and research projects with cognitive psychologists and with computer scientists. 

Students therefore have the option of combining the study of linguistics with the study of cognitive psychology or with computer science.​

​​​​​​​​​The Linguistics program at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev offers either a thesis (research) track or a non-thesis (general) track. Both tracks have three objectives: 

  • to expose students to current research topics in the field 
  • to engage students in scientific discourse, research methodologies and critical reasoning
  • to train students in academic writing and the use of professional literature. The goal of the thesis track, in addition, is for students to conduct original research that contributes to the field. Both tracks are two-year programs.

Programme Structure

  • Thesis track

Students can choose from among the various courses offered. However, all students in this track must take the Methodology course in their first year. In addition, the courses chosen must include at least one course in syntax and at least one course in semantics. All MA courses are run as seminars and require a final paper.

  • Non-thesis track

Students can choose from among the various courses offered. Students in this track take 36 points (9 courses of 4 points each), comprising 80% of the final grade, plus a final take-home exam (comprising 20% of the final grade). The exam integrates materials from the courses which the students have studied in the MA​ program.

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  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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General requirements

  • Applicants must have completed a BA in Linguistics with a grade point average of 85 or above (for the thesis track) or 80 and above (for the non-thesis track) from an accredited institution.
  • Applicants who do not have the requisite linguistics background will be required to complete a range of BA courses before they can be admitted as full-time MA students. 
  • The graduate committee decides on a case-by-case basis which courses these students must complete.

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    5325 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 5325 USD per year during 24 months.

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