BA/MA in Linguistics

The BA/MA dual degree program in Linguistics is designed for those well-prepared students who wish to obtain a master’s degree by adding a fifth year of intensive study in Linguistics. The program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) in conjunction with the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS).

The BA/MA application must be submitted by April of the junior year using the online form. Only those students who will have completed CAS LX 301 Phonetics & Phonology, LX 321 Syntax, and LX 331 Semantics & Pragmatics by the end of their junior year, and who have a cumulative grade point average through the end of the junior year of 3.5 overall and 3.65 in CAS LX Linguistics courses will normally be admitted.

For more information, please visit the Linguistics Department website.


The combined BA/MA program requires satisfactory completion of at least 38 4-credit courses. The requirements of the BA/MA program consist of those for the BA in Linguistics plus those of the MA in Linguistics. Up to two courses may be counted simultaneously toward both the major and the MA.

Honors in the Major

Students who wish to combine the Linguistics BA honors program with the Linguistics MA must complete the thesis option within the honors program and may not include additional directed study courses as part of the MA degree.