Linguistics

Master of Arts

General Admission Requirements for the M.A. in Linguistics and the M.A. in TESL

Students should consult the Graduate Programs section of this Catalog for the University requirements.

Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.85 in the last 60 units of their B.A. Degree work and satisfy the University requirements for Graduate Admission. Students who have GPAs below 3.0 may be conditionally admitted but will be required to take the GRE and achieve at least one score at the 50th percentile or higher. A satisfactory GRE score must be submitted within 12 units of program completion.

All graduate and post-baccalaureate international applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English. Those who do not possess a bachelor’s degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 563 (paper-based) or 223 (computer-based) or 85 (Internet-based), or an IELTS score of 7 is required.

Applicants should file an online application to the University through Cal State Apply. The application period closes May 31. Submissions after this date will not be considered. The Department of Linguistics/TESL does not require a separate departmental application, letters of recommendation or a statement of purpose. For additional information, please consult the Admissions & Records website.

 

Academic Standards for the M.A. in Linguistics and the M.A. in TESL

A. University Regulations:

Graduate students will be placed on academic probation whenever their GPA falls below 3.0 in all units attempted. To be removed from probation, students must earn sufficient grades in the following semester of enrollment to raise their GPA to 3.0 or above. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from the University. University regulations allow graduate students to repeat up to 6 units of credit in which a grade of "B-" or below has been received. (See Graduate Programs section of this Catalog.)

B. Additional Regulations for the M.A. in Linguistics and the M.A. in TESL: 

  1. Students will be disqualified from the M.A. program if they do not pass the comprehensive exam on their second attempt.
  2. No grade below "B-" can be counted in the formal program. Any grade of "C+" or lower must be repeated. If the student does not receive a grade of "B-" or better on the second attempt, the student will be disqualified from the M.A. program. University regulations allow graduate students to repeat only up to 6 units. The repeat grade will appear on the transcript. Students must request approval to repeat a course from the Graduate Advisor in advance of enrolling in the course and submit a Course Request Form once enrolled in the course.

M.A. in Linguistics

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Linguistics

Candidates completing the program leading to an M.A. degree in Linguistics will have a fundamental understanding of the core areas in linguistics at an advanced level. Note: The program has been recently revised. The following describes the program that has gone into effect in Fall 2017.

A. Required Core Courses (30 units)

  • LING 404 Syntax (3)
  • LING 408 Semantics and Pragmatics (3)
  • LING 501 Seminar in Phonology (3)
  • LING 503 Seminar in Cognitive Linguistics or LING 505 Seminar in Discourse Analysis (3)
  • LING 506 Foundational Concepts of Phonetics and Phonology (3)
  • LING 510 Foundational Concepts of Linguistics (3)
  • LING 517 Foundational Concepts in Language Development and Acquisition (3)
  • LING 541 Seminar in Sociolinguistics (3)
  • LING 566 Research Methods for Linguistics (3)
  • LING 610 Seminar in Syntax (3)

B. Electives (6 units):

In consultation with the Chair/Advisor, candidates will select 6 units of electives at the 500 or 600 level. Coursework may include LING courses or courses in other Departments in consultation with the Chair/Advisor. Candidates pursuing the M.A. Degree in Linguistics will consult with the Advisor and complete an Approved Program Form, reflecting the courses selected.

Preapproved electives for the M.A. in Linguistics:

  • EED 577 Language Arts and ESL Instruction
  • EED 610 Research Methods in Elementary Education
  • EED 626 Literacy Instruction for English Learners
  • EED 675 Bilingual/Multilingual Teaching Strategies
  • ENGL 653 Literary and Rhetorical Genre Theory
  • ENGL 654 A-Z Advanced Topics in Rhetoric and Composition
  • EPC 600 Educational Statistics for Research and Measurement
  • LING 500 Seminar in Phonetics
  • LING 502 Seminar in Second Language Acquisition
  • LING 503 Seminar in Cognitive Linguistics (if LING 505 counts as required)
  • LING 505 Seminar in Discourse Analysis (if LING 503 counts as required)
  • LING 515 Survey of Applied Linguistics
  • LING 520 Issues in ESL Reading and Writing
  • LING 521 Issues in ESL Listening and Speaking
  • LING 525 English Structures for ESL/EFL Teaching
  • LING 530 Introduction to TESL
  • LING 568 TESL Testing and Assessment
  • LING 578 English for Specific Purposes
  • LING 589 Introduction to Celtic Languages
  • LING 604 Acoustic and Instrumental Phonetics
  • SED 514 Computers in the Instructional Program
  • SED 625ESL Theory and Research in Teaching ESL in Multilingual Classrooms
  • SED 626 Literacy Instruction for English Learners
  • SPAN 600 History of the Spanish Language

C. Foreign Language Component:

M.A. candidates in Linguistics are required to demonstrate proficiency in a nonnative language. Native speakers of English may satisfy this requirement in one of three ways: (1) they may enroll for two semesters of coursework in a language at an accredited community college, four-year college, or university AFTER initial acceptance into the program; (2) they may pass a departmental examination set by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures (MCLL); or (3) they may submit a transcript showing that they hold a B.A. with a major in a foreign language. Students who are nonnative speakers of English are exempt from this requirement. Students who wish to demonstrate proficiency in ASL to satisfy this requirement should consult the Chair/Advisor. Students who choose to satisfy this requirement using coursework must earn grades of "B" or higher in each foreign language course.

D. Culminating Experience (3 units):

In order to complete the M.A. degree in Linguistics, graduate students submit a graduate project, which is comprehensive in nature. Graduate students work on the different components of this project throughout the program; the final project is publicly presented during their last/graduating semester. These 3 units of culminating experience are part of the degree count.

Graduate Project

Students during their last semester will enroll in LING 698D. Students on probation or who have remaining incompletes, or who have not completed the foreign language component, will not be permitted to enroll in LING 698D until these issues are all resolved. Students who fail the graduate project on the first attempt will be required to register for LING 698D again the following semester. Students who fail the graduate project a second time are disqualified from the M.A. in Linguistics degree program.

E. Unit Count for the M.A. in Linguistics

DescriptionUnits
Required Courses30
Electives6
Culminating Experience3
Total Units:39

M.A. in TESL

Note: The program has been recently revised. The following describes the program that has gone into effect in Fall 2017.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in TESL

A. Required Core Courses (30 units)

  • LING 502 Seminar in Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • LING 506 Foundational Concepts of Phonetics and Phonology (3)
  • LING 510 Foundational Concepts of Linguistics (3)
  • LING 517 Foundational Concepts of Language Development and Acquisition (3)
  • LING 520 Issues in ESL Reading and Writing (3)
  • LING 521 Issues in ESL Listening and Speaking (3)
  • LING 525 English Structures for ESL/EFL Teaching (3)
  • LING 530 Introduction to TESL (3)
  • LING 555 TESL Practicum (3)
  • LING 568 TESL Testing and Assessment (3)

B. Electives (6 units) Partial List:

  • LING 403 Morphology (3)
  • LING 404 Syntax (3)
  • LING 408 Semantics and Pragmatics (3)
  • LING 411 Historical Linguistics (3)
  • LING 427 Languages in Contact (3)
  • LING 447 Bilingualism in the U.S. (3)
  • LING 500 Seminar in Phonetics (3)
  • LING 501 Seminar in Phonology (3)
  • LING 503 Seminar in Cognitive Linguistics (3)
  • LING 505 Seminar in Discourse Analysis (3)
  • LING 515 Survey of Applied Linguistics (3)
  • LING 541 Seminar in Sociolinguistics (3)
  • LING 566 Research Methods for Linguistics (3)
  • LING 578 English for Specific Purposes (3)
  • LING 604 Acoustic and Instrumental Phonetics (3)
  • EED 577 Language Arts and ESL Instruction (3)
  • EED/SED 626 Literacy Instruction for English Learners (3)
  • SED 514 Computers in the Instructional Program (3)
  • SED 625ESL Theory and Research in Teaching ESL in Multilingual Classrooms (3)

For additional electives in other disciplines, see the Advisor or the Chair.

C. Foreign Language Component:

Students should have studied 2 semesters or equivalent of a language foreign to them within two years of acceptance into the program or students should plan to take 2 semesters of a new foreign language concurrently with their enrollment in the M.A. in TESL.

D. Culminating Experience (3 units):

In order to complete the M.A. degree in Linguistics, graduate students submit a graduate project, which is comprehensive in nature. Graduate students work on the different components of this project throughout the program; the final project is publicly presented during their last/graduating semester. These 3 units of culminating experience are part of the degree count.

Graduate Project

Students during their last semester will enroll in LING 698D. Students on probation or who have remaining incompletes, or who have not completed the foreign language component, will not be permitted to enroll in LING 698D until these issues are all resolved. Students who fail the graduate project on the first attempt will be required to register for LING 698D again the following semester. Students who fail the graduate project a second time are disqualified from the M.A. in Linguistics degree program.

E. Unit Count for the M.A. in TESL

DescriptionUnits
Required Courses30
Electives6
Culminating Experience3
Total Units:39