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The department offers graduate students an empirically based program of study and research focusing on ethnographic, cognitive, computational, and functional linguistics. Specializations include African linguistics, Native American languages, computational linguistics, conversation and discourse analysis, experimental phonetics, functional syntactic theory, historical linguistics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, semantic theory, and sociolinguistics.
Requires 30 hours of approved graduate study, including a thesis, or 30 hours of approved study without a thesis. Both plans require successful completion of a comprehensive examination.
MA for TESOL Professionals
Requires 30 hours of approved graduate study, including both Linguistics and the pedagogy of teaching English as a second language. Students prepare a professional portfolio and complete a modified comprehensive examination. Application procedures are the same as for the Linguistics MA, but please indicate "TESOL" as your proposed area of specialization
Requires 30 hours of approved graduate study, 30 hours of dissertation work, satisfactory completion of the preliminary examination, demonstration of reading knowledge of linguistic literature in a language selected by the student and the student's advisory committee, satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination, and successful preparation and defense of a dissertation.
- Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
- Have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75.
- Have the equivalent of 3 years of college-level study of a language other than English. Applicants who do not have this background will need to acquire it in addition to their linguistics training.
- GRE scores are required if you are a domestic applicant, or an international applicant whose language of post-secondary education was English.
- International applicants whose post-secondary education was not in English need to provide a TOEFL score of 79 (IBT) or higher or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.
- Provide four letters of recommendation.
- Provide a personal statement of purpose.
Financial support and tuition waivers are offered to Ph.D. students, as available, in the form of teaching or research assistantships.
University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Linguistics
295 UCB - Hellems 290
Boulder, CO 80309-0295