MA in Linguistics & Cognitive Science, Degree Requirements
The M.A. in Linguistics and Cognitive Science is a flexible program of study that provides training in both Linguistics and Cognitive Science. Separate tracks are provided below for students whose emphasis is clearly in Cognitive Science or in Linguistics.
MA, Cognitive Science Track
The Cognitive Science Track is appropriate both for students whose ultimate goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in a Cognitive Science discipline and for those who wish a terminal master's degree. For an M.A. in the Cognitive Science track, students must complete 30 credit hours planned in consultation with the student's advisor and the Cognitive Science Graduate Advisor. These credit hours must include at least CGSC 670 (Elements of Cognitive Science), one 800-level seminar in Cognitive Science, and six courses (18 credits) distributed over three of the following areas: Human cognition, The Structure of Human Language, Computation and Cognition, General Cognitive Science. A complete list of courses for each area can be found on the Cognitive Science Program's website and can be obtained from the Cognitive Science Graduate Advisor
MA, Linguistics Track
The Linguistics track is appropriate both for students who wish to obtain a Ph.D. in Linguistics and for those who wish a terminal master's degree. [Note: Speech Pathology is not available at the MA level]
To acquire an understanding of the basic concepts of linguistics, students must take at least three courses out of the following core courses in Linguistics:
- LING 604 Structure of Language or LING 609 Syntax I
- LING 603 Intro to Phonology or LING 607 Phonology I
- LING 612 Morphology
- LING 691 Semantics I
- CGSC 696 Psycholinguistics
In addition, students must take at least one advanced course in Linguistics. The following courses count as advanced courses:
- LING 608 Phonology II
- LING 610 Syntax II
- Any 800-level courses offered in the Dept. of Linguistics
Appropriate substitutions may be made with the approval of the student's advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies. The remaining 18 hours of courses are to be selected in consultation with the student's advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies.
MA, Individualized Program
Students may propose a program of study that combines elements of the Linguistics and Cognitive Science tracks. Such individualized programs of study must consist of 30 credit hours planned in consultation with the student's advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies or the Cognitive Science Graduate Advisor. These credits must include at least 21 credit hours in Linguistics or Cognitive Science courses and at least one 800-level seminar in Linguistics or Cognitive Science.
MA, Applied Linguistics & ESL Track