The Linguistics Program at the University of Montana

Welcome to Linguistics at the University of Montana!  Our program aims to equip students with a strong foundation in core areas of linguistic analysis and to train students to think critically about a broad range of issues in language use, development, variation, and change.  Faculty interests include Indigenous languages of North America, language development, phonology, semantics, syntax, and typology.  We offer a range of courses in general theoretical and descriptive linguistics, as well as coursework leading to a Certificate of Accomplishment in ESL.  Undergraduates may earn a Minor in Linguistics; a Major in Linguistics is not offered at this time.  The Linguistics program at UM offers the only Linguistics MA in the state.  Recent graduates have been admitted to some of the most highly-ranked Linguistics PhD programs in North America.

WGRP Approved Program

The Linguistics MA Program at the University of Montana is an approved program in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) from Fall 2019 admission. Subject to continued WRGP policy at the University of Montana, legal residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming admitted to the Linguistics MA Program at the University of Montana will qualify for Montana resident rate tuition. In order to be considered for in-state rate tuition, an applicant must self-identity as WICHE resident upon admitted to our program. See the WICHE/WRGP website for details.