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Language and Communication Center (SLCC) Third floor
Students may seek an M.A. in Linguistics either as their terminal degree or as a prerequisite for the
Ph.D program in Linguistics. However, students should note that successful completion of the M.A.
program does not guarantee entry into the Ph.D. program; students must also submit a Ph.D. application
portfolio which must be reviewed and approved by the Linguistics faculty.
The M.A. program is appropriate for students seeking linguistic knowledge as a foundation for work in
such allied professional fields as language teaching, interpreter education, language planning,
bilingual education, and language assessment. Graduates of this program are sought for positions in
interpreter training programs, faculty teaching posts at the college level, or, given the appropriate
educational background, for positions as teachers of deaf children.
Students pursuing the M.A. in Linguistics at Gallaudet receive solid grounding in linguistic theory,
methods, and research with a special emphasis on sign language linguistics. The program begins with
foundational courses in linguistic theory, centered on phonology, cognitive linguistics and generative
linguistics, focusing on both spoken and signed languages. Additionally, students receive training in
working with new sign languages (Field Methods) and in various professional skills related to being a
linguist (e.g. linguistic technical writing, use of video and software resources for analyzing sign
data, applying for doctoral programs and jobs). In their second year, students select five elective
courses out of a set of seven advanced courses according to their interests. Topics vary from year to
year. The M.A. program requires 41 credit hours of coursework. Full-time graduate students normally
complete the program in four semesters (fall and spring semesters).
*NOTE: Students with prior coursework in linguistics from another institution may request course
transfers and/or waivers for one or more courses, but these requests are approved on a case by case
basis by the linguistics faculty.
For the program of study and requirements for the MA in Linguistics, click here and view left-hand menu,
To respond to goal statement question in ASL, go to the ASL version of the goal
statement questions for the Linguistics Department.
ASL Signing Sample Prompt: youtu.be/ygEHREI2jPU
Goal Statement Questions: youtu.be/pntB6omta7Y
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