Master of Arts in Linguistics

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. A four-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university.
  2. A minimum of 20 semester credits in linguistics or related fields, e.g., foreign language, of which at least 10 credits must be in linguistics, and which must include the equivalent of LING 452 Syntax and Morphology I.
  3. A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.8 for all undergraduate work or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the junior and senior years of undergraduate work (based on A= 4.00).
  4. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  5. Students deficient in prerequisite credits (see #2 above) should generally plan to take their first summer as non-degree graduate students. Up to nine credits taken as a non-degree graduate student can be applied to the M.A. Therefore, students who meet some, but not all, of the prerequisites can use some of the credits gained as non-degree graduate students to meet the prerequisites, and apply some to the M.A. Foreign language proficiency may be demonstrated by passing an examination in the language in lieu of formal credits.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Arts degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Linguistics Program.

  1. A minimum of 32 credits including:
    1. 3 credits listed in the Linguistics section of the graduate catalog in the area of phonetics/phonology
    2. 3 credits in Linguistics in syntax/semantics
    3. 3 credits in Linguistics in applied linguistics
    4. LING 580 Academic Writing in Linguistics
    5. 4 credits for a thesis
    6. At least 5 other credits in Linguistics
  2. Of the remaining 13 credits, courses with linguistics content offered by other departments, such as English, may be counted as linguistics credits for the major.
  3. Up to 4 credits of Directed Study and Research courses, e.g. LING 590 Directed Studies in Linguistics and LING 594 Research in Linguistics, may be used to supplement the standard graduate course offerings.
  4. Nine credits may be in a minor or in cognate courses (see the Degree Requirements section of the graduate catalog.)
  5. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  6. Students normally satisfy the residency requirements by spending at least two summers enrolled in the program.
  7. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  8. The thesis will be based on the analysis of language data collected by the student or on theoretical or applied applications of data arising from language research.

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