24 months
35213 USD/year
35213 USD/year
14085 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Linguistics program at Southern Illinois University is designed to give students a broad training in most aspects of contemporary linguistics, including phonology, syntax, phonetics, semantics, historical linguistics, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and field methods. 


Key Features

Students of the Linguistics program at Southern Illinois University will pursue advanced study through further coursework and thesis research. Graduates of the linguistics program frequently go on to more advanced study and research in linguistics leading to the Ph.D. degree.

The M.A. program in TESOL is designed primarily for students who wish to pursue careers in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages either in the United States or abroad. The program combines both theory and practice. In addition to a core course in linguistics, students in the TESOL program are required to take courses in the theory and methods of language teaching, language assessment, and second language acquisition, and to teach in a supervised practicum in the teaching of oral and written English. Graduates of the TESOL program can go on to advanced study of language learning and teaching or related fields, in addition to pursuing a career in language instruction, instructional materials or test development, teacher training, program administration, or related areas.

For students who are interested in language study but are not committed to either graduate major, the department offers a number of interesting, non-specialist courses which may serve as electives in degree programs such as those offered by the Departments of Anthropology, Communication Disorders and Sciences, English, Languages, Cultures, and International Trade, Psychology, Communication Studies, and the College of Education and Human Services. A sequence of courses is also available for students wishing to pursue a double major combining linguistics or TESOL with other programs at the master’s level.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Study of Linguistics
  • Phonological Theories
  • Syntactic Theory
  • Phonetics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language Contact
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Formal Semantics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Students seeking admission are encouraged to apply early in the Spring semester for admission in the following Fall.


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of Bachelor's coursework
  • 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    14085 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14085 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Carbondale

1100 - 1500 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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