Welcome to the Linguistics Program at UM!

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. ... [read more]

Why Study Linguistics?

To study linguistics is to gain a greater understanding of a fundamental part of what it means to be human.  -- Linguistic Society of America

See also "Why Major in Linguistics (and what does a linguist do)?"

WRGP Approved Program

The Linguistics MA Program at the University of Montana (UM) is part of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). This Program permits legal residents of member states* to qualify for Montana-resident tuition rates upon being admitted to the Linguistics MA Program at UM

students at graduation


Interested students will need to provide proof of residency (e.g., a driver's license) to the Graduate School before registering for courses. For additional information, please contact the Linguistic Program Director. 

*Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai'i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.