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Cognitive Linguistics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Cleveland Heights, OH, United States
Cognitive science is the scientific study of the mind in a transdisciplinary framework. The Department of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University is specifically dedicated to the study of human higher cognition, including language, gesture, advanced social cognition, mathematical invention, scientific discovery, art, religion, music and literature.


The department draws on methods of research in the biological sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. Its educational mission is to provide students with the best possible opportunity to integrate a wide variety of approaches and apply them to the study of human higher cognition.

The Department of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University provides basic training in core disciplines, as well as in a range of philosophical, evolutionary, linguistic, and computational issues bearing on cognitive science. It seeks to place cognitive science in a wider, more ecologically valid context than traditional programs in this field have typically allowed, so as to broaden our theories of those high-end cognitive capacities that mark human beings as distinctive.

Candidates may apply for admission to the degree program in cognitive linguistics with the purpose of pursuing the MA, or for non-degree status with the purpose of taking courses for credit that can be transferred to other institutions. The MA follows Plan A as described in the School of Graduate Studies section of this bulletin. Accordingly, it requires 30 credit hours and a written MA thesis.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Human Cognition in Evolution and Development
  • Human Cognition Viewed from a Cultural Perspective
  • Cognition and Design
  • Theory of Cognitive Linguistics
  • Morality and Mind
  • Special Topics in Cognitive Science
  • SAGES Departmental Seminar: Methods and Theories in Cognitive Science
  • SAGES Departmental Seminar: Current Controversies in Cognitive Science
  • Departmental Seminar: Moral Boundaries and Limits of Science
  • Cognitive Linguistics Theory II
  • Advanced Research Workshop I
  • Advanced Research Workshop II

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Statement of Objectives
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Note to International Students: Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified translations in English.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Application Fee: A non refundable application fee of $50 is required for each application submitted.
  • Test Scores: The institutional code for Case Western Reserve University is 1105. The Graduate School will forward all official score reports of standardized tests (GRE, TOEFL, etc. ) to the program of interest. The department will inform you which standardized tests are required for your program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1827 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1827 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1827 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1827 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    1827 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1827 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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