Master of Arts
- The goal of this master's program is to provide students with sufficient knowledge of linguistics to enable them to work in industry and organizations, where knowledge of linguistics helps in problem-solving.
- 3–4 semester program
- 30 credit hours
- Thesis and nonthesis options
- Applicants should hold a recognized baccalaureate degree and should have considerable knowledge of a language other than their native language.
- Students may earn this degree as part of the Bachelor's–Accelerated Master’s degree program, which allows currently enrolled CU Boulder undergraduate students to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in a shorter period of time.
For program details, review the course catalog for the MA in linguistics.
Doctor of Philosophy
- The goal of the linguistics doctoral program is to prepare graduates to design and conduct original, empirically based research within a theoretical framework. Doctoral students prepare for careers in academic research and teaching, or applied work in business or other organizations.
- Applicants should hold a recognized baccalaureate degree. They should have considerable knowledge of a language other than their native language.
- 30 credit hours of coursework
- 30 dissertation credit hours
- As a PhD preliminary examination, students submit a data-based research paper early in the second year in the PhD program.
- The comprehensive examination requirement is completed in two steps: the completion of a synthesis paper followed by the defense of a dissertation prospectus.
- All PhD students must demonstrate the ability to read linguistic literature in a language other than English.
- Students should select a specialization and begin their own research as early as possible. The department offers specializations in:
- Laboratory Phonology
- Conversation Analysis
- Historical Linguistics
- Typological Comparison
- Native American and Indigenous Linguistics
- Linguistic Anthropology
- Corpus Linguistics
- Language Development
- Cognitive Linguistics
- Computational Modeling of Language Knowledge
For program details, review the course catalog for the PhD in linguistics.
Computational Linguistics, Analytics, Search & Informatics
Master of Science
- This interdisciplinary degree provides a solid foundation in both computer science and linguistics graduate coursework, as well as several courses focused on data-driven linguistics, computational linguistics and information processing. The training is aimed at preparing students for careers in areas such as predictive text messaging, search engines, question-answering, interactive virtual agents and machine translation.
- Students must complete at least 32 hours of approved graduate study, including a 2-credit capstone course focused on a publishable research project, which will run in conjunction with an internship or a CU-based research project.
- Students may earn this degree as part of the Bachelor's–Accelerated Master's (BAM) degree program. For more information, see the Accelerated Master's tab for the associated bachelor's degrees:
For program details, review the course catalog for the MS in computational linguistics, analytics, search and informatics.