Northeastern Illinois University


Graduate Program

Masters of Arts in Linguistics GC11          

The MA Program in Linguistics focuses on investigating language from both theoretical and functional approaches. Our dynamic curriculum combines core studies in the structure of language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) with current approaches in sociolinguistics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, language contact, World Englishes, endangered languages, discourse analysis, and identity studies. In addition to direct application to the teaching of linguistics, English and other languages, an MA in linguistics is a recognized asset for careers in curriculum development, publishing, speech pathology, natural language processing, translation, law, education, and other professions within social and behavioral sciences, especially those concerned with language policies and practices in multilingual settings. Through their course work and hands-on research, students will be introduced to

Q: Do I need any special background in Linguistics?
A: The MA Program in Linguistics welcomes students with the degree of BA, BS, MA, or MS in any discipline who appreciate the role of language at a local and a global level.
Q: How long will it take me to complete the program?
A: Full-time or part-time? Ask us about our 2, 3 and 4 year plans.
Q; I have a full-time day job, do you offer courses in the evenings?
A: To help optimize opportunity, all our classes are offered at either 4:15pm or 7:05pm and meet once per week.
Q: What are my career options with an MA in Linguistics?
A: Linguistic knowledge and training help you achieve career goals in fields such as language teaching, speech pathology, computational linguistics, curriculum development, publishing, translation and interpretation, forensic linguistics, language policy and revitalization.
Q: Can I transfer any course credits from another program?
A: You can take and transfer up to 3 courses (9 credits) as a student-at-large. Contact one of our graduate advisors to answer your specific questions.