Top Linguistics Schools
New York University
New York University, which is accredited by The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association, offers a master of arts in linguistics to students who plan on pursuing a PhD in linguistics at the school. All students must complete a minimum of thirty-two points of approved courses including four basic required courses. Students must also be reasonably proficient in a foreign language and will write an article-quality paper that demonstrates an ability to perform original research. Students who earn an MA must then pursue a PhD in linguistics.
University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania, which is also accredited by The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association, offers an MA in linguistics. The course requirements for this degree are eleven approved semester courses including two semesters each of phonology and syntax. All students must also complete a thesis and an oral examination based on the topic of the thesis. Unlike many other linguistics programs, this degree takes a minimum of three semesters to complete. Students who earn a master's degree can then be considered for admission into the PhD program.
Georgetown University is accredited by The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association and offers six master's degree options for linguistics: Master of Arts with a concentration in Language and Communication (M.L.C.), Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (M.A.T.), Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (M.A.T./BLE), Master of Science (M.S.), Accelerated M.L.C., and Accelerated M.A.T. All graduate students are urged to develop a primary research expertise including applied linguistics, computation linguistics, sociolinguistics, and theoretical linguistics. Students who complete a master's degree in linguistics can then apply for admission into the PhD program.
University of California, Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley—which is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges—offers an MA in linguistics that all students enrolled in the program must complete. Students may choose one of two degree options: (1) twenty-five semester units plus a thesis or (2) thirty semester units. Both degree routes require the completion of a comprehensive examination. Students who successfully complete the master's degree are encouraged to apply for the PhD in linguistics program.
University of Chicago
The University of Chicago, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, also offers a linguistics master's degree to students who plan on pursuing a PhD in linguistics at the school. Students in the PhD program will be awarded an MA in linguistics after successfully completing of nine graduate courses, satisfying one scholarly language requirement, satisfying the non-Indo European requirement, and successfully completing an MA paper.