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Anthony C. Woodbury, Chair CLA 4.304, Mailcode B5100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-1701

MA Program

Applicants for the MA degree are usually students who are interested in professional development for which the MA is their final degree objective in linguistics, or who for various reasons do not wish to apply to the PhD program. Those who want to complete the PhD program in linguistics at UT Austin should indicate PhD as their degree objective on their applications, even if they do not yet have an MA Students enrolled in the MA program are not usually funded by the department. All students take a set of core courses, whether enrolled in the MA or the PhD programs.


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 thesis/report hours, and an MA thesis or report. All graduate students in linguistics must take the following 6 courses (18 credit hours).

LIN 381M – Phonetics                                    LIN 380L – Syntax I

LIN 380K – Phonology I                                  LIN 381L – Syntax II

LIN 381K – Phonology II                                 LIN 380M – Semantics I

One additional year (18 credit hours) of approved coursework beyond the 18 credit hours of core courses is required.  This coursework includes:

6 hours in a minor area

thesis/report hours

at least one seminar

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