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Graduate Bulletin

Linguistics, M.A.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: March 1

Applications are processed as they are received throughout the year.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from faculty or others familiar with the applicant's academic ability and achievement.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:


Statement of Goals:

The statement should be roughly 500-1,000 words in length and should address the applicant's specific interests and academic goals.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. 50th percentile in both verbal and quantitative sections

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 575 on the paper-based test or 230 on the computer-based test. Applicants who score below 600 on the paper-based test or 250 on the computer-based test will be required to take and pass a remedial English course during their first semester at Temple University.

Transfer Credit:

Graduate credits from an accredited institution may be transferred if the courses have been completed with a grade of "B" or better and if the courses are appropriate electives from the program. Required courses are not normally accepted in transfer. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.


Program Requirements
Campus Location:

Main Campus

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m.

General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

CS 505, 506, 507, 508

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Comprehensive Examination:

Comprehensive examinations are intended to ensure that graduating students have retained and integrated the content of the curriculum and are able to apply linguistic constructs and methods of inquiry to concrete problems. Subject areas consist of syntax, phonology, morphology, and a fourth area chosen by the student under advisement. Comprehensive examinations are taken in the final semester of matriculation. Questions are written by core or affiliated faculty members with expertise in the areas being tested. Evaluation is done by the faculty member who wrote the question. Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge of the subject area, ability to apply that knowledge to concrete problems, and ability to write coherent academic prose. Examinations are administered as required. One hour is allowed for each question. The examination may be taken over one or two days. Proctoring is done by faculty members or department clerical staff.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Dept. of Communication Sciences

1701 N. 13th Street (265-62)

Philadelphia, PA 19122



Department Contacts:


Phyllis Brodsky Gross



Program Coordinator:


Graduate Chairperson:



Gary Milsark



About the Program

The M.A. Program in Linguistics has two purposes: it serves as a bridge program for students with undergraduate degrees in other fields who want to enter Ph.D. programs in linguistics, and with an appropriate selection of electives, it prepares students for careers in second language instruction and related applications of linguistics. Core coursework focuses on formal linguistics and the history of the field; electives include advanced work in formal linguistics, as well as courses in languages, psychology, philosophy, TESOL, and other fields related to linguistics.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location:

Main Campus

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m. Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information

Dept. of Communication Sciences

1701 N. 13th Street (265-62)

Philadelphia, PA 19122




Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

Faculty research activity is in syntax, phonology, and morphology. Affiliated faculty in other departments have research interests in semantics, socioloinguistics, language acquisition, and second language instruction. Faculty members have expertise in Bantu, Slavic, Romance, and Germanic languages.

Job Placement:

Graduates who have not gone on to Ph.D. programs have become teachers of English as a second language, translators, and linguistic fieldworkers. Some students are in-service teachers and fieldworkers.


Not applicable.

Interdisciplinary Study:

Students in linguistics regularly take courses in philosophy, psychology, education, anthropology, English, and Spanish.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

All courses are available to nonmatriculated students who have the appropriate background. The Graduate School limits to the application of nonmatriculated coursework to the degree program are observed.

Financing Opportunities

Teaching Assistants (TA) assist faculty laboratory classes. Research Assistants (RA) assist faculty in research projects. Administrative Assistants (Internships and Externships) do data base management for the clinical education program or the speech-language-hearing center or other administrative experiences. Assistantships carry a stipend and tuition remission for 9 graduate credits. Students may be supported for more than one semester. Applicants interested in competing for assistantships should submit an assistantship application (included in application packet) and curriculum vita with their application to the program, and should have all application materials in by February 1.

Other Financial Opportunities