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College of Arts & Sciences
Linguistics Program


M.A. Program

For the most current description of the requirements for the Linguistics M.A., please consult the Graduate Studies Bulletin.

The M.A. in Linguistics at USC is a degree in general linguistics. Our M.A. program is designed to provide students with the broadest possible background in linguistics and encourages them to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities presented by the Program's faculty and to discover connections between the various subdisciplines of the field. It is possible for all credit hours earned in a graduate certificate program in TESOL at USC to apply to this degree. Please speak to an advisor to see how these hours apply in your situation. 

Approved special fields are the following: English/French/German/Spanish linguistics, historical linguisticslinguistic anthropologyphilosophy of language, phonological theory, psycholinguistics, second/foreign language acquisition, sociolinguistics, syntactic theory, and teaching English as a second/foreign language.

Students whose eventual goal is the Ph.D. are advised to consult with the Graduate Director before submitting their application online to discuss the option of concurrent enrollment in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs.

The following links provide more information about

Degree Requirements (Non Thesis Option)

Degree Requirements (Thesis Option)

M.A. Comprehensive Examination Policies

Suggested Timetable to Degree Completion (No Thesis)

Suggested Timetable to Degree Completion (Thesis)