MA in Linguistics

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. Students are trained in theoretical and descriptive linguistics and have opportunities to engage in independent research and fieldwork. 

The Linguistics Program at the University of Montana awards a Master of Arts degree with thesis and non-thesis options.  The small size of the Program allows for a great deal of individualized attention. Our graduates have been admitted to prestigious Ph.D. programs and have also gone on to teaching and other careers.

WRGP Approved Program

MA students at graduation

The Linguistics MA Program at the University of Montana 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 upon being admitted to the Linguistics MA Program at the University of Montana. To be considered for this Program, applicants must self-identity as WICHE residents upon admission to the MA Program. 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.