Linguistics Department

MA Program

While the department usually does not accept students to only the MA degree, there may occasionally be reasons why an applicant needs to apply for the MA degree rather than the PhD, and in those cases we may consider the application. MA only students usually do not receive funding. PhD students indicate PhD as their degree objective even if they do not yet have an MA. All students take the same set of core courses, whether enrolled in the MA or PhD program. The MA program is a full-time program, with most courses taking place between 8 am and 5pm on weekdays.


The program of work for the MA in linguistics requires 36 hours. In general terms, the MA program requires 2 years of approved coursework, including an MA thesis or report. All graduate students in linguistics must take the following 5 courses (15 credit hours).

LIN 381M - Phonetics 
LIN 380K - Phonology I 
LIN 380L - Syntax I
LIN 380M - Semantics I
LIN 385 – Field Methods

21 hours of approved coursework beyond the 15 credit hours of core courses is required.  This coursework includes:

  • 6 hours in a minor area
  • thesis/report hours
  • 6 hours of research equivalencies (LIN 381K, LIN 381L, any LIN 389, LIN 395, any advanced course or non-core area course) in the primary area of interest.
  • 3-6 hours (depending on whether the thesis or report option is chosen) of research equivalencies, which are usually taken in the primary area but may include additional coursework in the minor area or supporting work as recommended by the student’s advisor and approved by the Graduate Advisor.

An additional research is required at the end of the first year.

  • Department of Linguistics

    University of Texas at Austin
    305 E. 23rd Street STOP B5100
    Robert L. Patton Hall (RLP) 4.304
    Austin, TX 78712