5-Year Combined BA/MA in Linguistics

Students interested in pursuing this program will take12 graduate credits during their senior year.  The 12 graduate credits taken during the 4th year (Senior) can be counted toward the BA and transferred as graduate credits to be counted towards the 36 credits requirements for an MA in Linguistics.

Declare a Major in Linguistics

Fill Out a Pre-Application Form

Students will fill out a pre-application form and submit it by email to the Director of the Linguistics Program before registering for the 4th year. For advising purposes, it is to a student's advantage to submit this form as soon as they express interest in the combined BA/MA program. 

Complete the Requirements for the Linguistics BA

See BA requirements 

Take Graduate Courses (4th/Senior Year)

Students take four graduate level courses in the 4th year. The four courses are determined in consultation with the Linguistics Program faculty.

Apply for BA Graduation

 Complete a graduation application and submit to the Registrar's Office.

Apply to Graduate School for Admission

During the Spring Semester of the 4th year, students apply to the graduate school for admission to the MA program in Linguistics. (See admissions page)

In order to pursue the 5-Year Combined BA/MA program, student academic performance must meet the Degree Standards indicated in article B2.000 of the Graduate School’s Academic Policies. Students whose academic performance in the 4th Year does not meet the Graduate School's Degree Standards but who earn minimum grades (C-) and achieve the required GPA (2.0) will earn a terminal BA in Linguistics.

Take Graduate Courses (5th Year)

Students who successfully complete the above requirements and are admitted to the MA Program in Linguistics will:

  • Request to transfer 12 credits to graduate school
  • Complete 24 graduate credits (12 credits per semester)

See also Linguistics MA requirements.

Thesis and Comprehensive Exam Options

Any student may elect to pursue the comp-exam option. Students wishing to pursue the thesis option must be approved to do so by the Linguistics Program faculty. BA/MA students will be given the opportunity to submit a draft thesis proposal in the 4th year. 

 updated on 2/11/2022