Linguistics MA Requirements

Students earning an MA degree in Linguistics at the University of Montana complete a 36-credit-hour program of study. Thesis and non-thesis options are available. Any student may elect to pursue the non-thesis option. Students wishing to pursue the thesis option must submit a thesis proposal draft in April of their second semester, and a final thesis proposal one week before the start of the following Fall semester. Students whose proposals are approved may then elect to pursue the thesis option.

Non-Thesis Option

Coursework (36 credits)

  • LING 571 Phonetics and Phonology (3 credits)
  • LING 572 Syntax (3 credits)
  • LING 589 Morphology (3 credits)
  • Two courses (6 credits) from:
    • LING 573 Language and Culture
    • LING 574 Historical Linguistics
    • LING 575 Linguistic Field Methods
    • LING 584 NA Indigenous Languages & Linguistics
  • 3 semesters of LING 570 Seminar in Linguistics (9 credits)
  • 4 elective courses* (12 credits)

Exam

  • Comprehensive Exam

Thesis Option

Coursework (30 credits)

  • LING 571 Phonetics and Phonology (3 credits)
  • LING 572 Syntax (3 credits)
  • LING 589 Morphology (3 credits)
  • Two courses (6 credits) from:
    • LING 573 Language and Culture
    • LING 574 Historical Linguistics
    • LING 575 Linguistic Field Methods
    • LING 584 NA Indigenous Languages & Linguistics
  • 2 semesters of LING 570 Seminar in Linguistics (6 credits)
  • 3 elective courses* (9 credits)

Thesis (6 credits)

  • LING 699 Thesis (6 credits)

*Elective courses

  • LING 477 Bilingualism
  • LING 478 Learner Language
  • LING 491 Special Topics
  • LING 573 Language and Culture**
  • LING 574 Historical Linguistics**
  • LING 575 Linguistic Field Methods**
  • LING 584 NA Indigenous Languages & Linguistics**
  • LING 570 Seminar in Linguistics or LING 494 Seminar (equivalent, LING 570)

** If LING 573 is taken to satisfy a required course, this cannot be used for an elective course. The same rule applies to LING 574, LING 575, and LING 584.