12 months
29772 USD/year
29772 USD/year
15152 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The department from Michigan State University offers graduate degree programs in Linguistics, German, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and undergraduate programs in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, German, and Russian languages and cultures as well as Linguistics. 


Students who are enrolled in master’s or doctoral degree programs in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages may elect an Interdepartmental Specialization in Cognitive Science. 

Learning outcomes

Students study Linguistics, TESOL, Arabic, Chinese, German, Japanese, Russian or other languages as part of their education in the liberal arts and sciences and to increase their effectiveness in scientific research, teaching, government service, foreign trade or advanced scholarship. Within the framework of course offerings and the needs and interests of students, broad flexibility is possible in the department's degree programs.

The programs at Michigan State University are designed primarily to develop knowledge of linguistics, language teaching, or particular languages, literatures and cultures. Minors are available in Arabic, Chinese, Cognitive Science, German, Japanese, Korean, Linguistics, Russian, and TESOL. The department’s goal is to offer degree candidates in linguistics a solid theoretical and experimental grounding; in TESOL a solid theoretical and practical base in second/foreign language learning and teaching; and in language, literature and culture a combination of traditional training and the pedagogical skills needed in modern school systems, colleges, and universities. In courses and seminars undergraduate research is valued and encouraged.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Phonology
  • Syntactic Theory
  • Semantics and Pragmatics
  • Issues in Syntax
  • Phonetics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts degree program in linguistics, an applicant must:

  • Have the results of the Graduate Record Examination General Test forwarded to the department.
  • Include in the letter required by the college a 500–700 word statement of purpose and summary of academic background.

To be admitted to the program on regular status, an applicant must have:

  • A grade–point average of at least 3.20 in courses completed in the last two years of the baccalaureate degree program.
  • Completed an introductory survey course in linguistics.
  • Completed at least two years of study in a foreign language at the college level.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29772 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29772 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    29772 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29772 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    15152 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15152 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for East Lansing

1000 - 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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