Prospective Graduate Students

Fall ColorsThe Department of Linguistics at the University of Colorado at Boulder offers the Master’s (MA) and doctoral (PhD) degrees. Both MA and PhD students complete a core of required courses that provide a firm foundation in linguistic theory and methods. MA students elect a program of study whose main component is 30 semester hours of courses, at least 24 of them in linguistics. MA students receive a grounding in linguistic theory and research methods that provides excellent preparation for a career in applied linguistics (e.g., language teaching) or PhD-level study in linguistics. The MA program offers both thesis and non-thesis tracks. Students in both tracks must pass the MA comprehensive exam at the end of the second year of MA study. PhD students prepare for a career in academic research and teaching or applied linguistics, completing dissertations in areas of specialization supported by Department faculty: description of Native (North) American and Chadic (Central African) languages, phonetics and phonology (including laboratory phonetics), computational linguistics, sociolinguistics, conversation analysis, psycholinguistics, first language acquisition and functionally oriented syntax. The goal of the PhD program is to prepare graduates who can design and conduct their own empirically based research programs with a keen eye to their theoretical implications. For both PhD and MA students, the Department provides a high-energy intellectual community in which learning is facilitated by close interactions with peers and professors, outstanding research facilities, lively classroom discussions and exposure to the work of eminent thinkers in lectures, colloquia and conferences that are a fact of daily life at Colorado’s premier research institution. You can find thorough descriptions of the Department’s graduate programs and the admissions process on this site by going to Graduate Study in Linguistics. For questions concerning the application process, admissions criteria, graduate support, research opportunities and programs of study, please contact departmental staff and your query will be forwarded as appropriate.



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