Linguistics Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

Master's

Courses Units
Sound Structure
LING 350 Fundamentals of Laboratory Phonology 1
LING 450-1 Laboratory Phonology I 1
Syntax
LING 360 Fundamentals of Syntax 1
LING 460-1 Syntactic Analysis I 1
Meaning
LING 370 Fundamentals of Meaning 1
LING 470-1 Semantic Analysis I 1
Other
Any 400-level course in Linguistics 1
Electivecoursework 2
Total required units: 9

Other MA Degree Requirements:

  • Examinations: none specified
  • Research/Projects: none specified
  • Master's Thesis: required
  • Other: demonstration of advanced proficiency in one non-English language (department assumes native or near-native proficiency in English)

PhD

Courses Units
Meaning
LING 370 Fundamentals of Meaning 1
LING 372 Pragmatics 1
LING470-1 Semantic Analysis I 1
Sound Structure
LING 350 Fundamentals of Laboratory Phonology 1
LING 450-1,2 Laboratory Phonology I, II 2
Syntax
LING 360 Fundamentals of Syntax 1
LING 460-1 Syntactic Analysis I 1
Statistics
LING 330 Research Methods 1
One additional advanced course in statistics 1
Computational Linguistics
LING 334 Introduction to Computational Linguistics 1
One additional advanced computational linguistics course (e.g., LING 336 Words, Networks, and the Internet) 1
Advanced electives
Any two Linguistics courses offered for graduate credit, excepting independent study and courses used to satisfy requirements listed above 2
Total required units: 14

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Research/Projects: successful completion of one research paper, by the end of eighth quarter, for admission to candidacy; acceptable master's thesis in department may be offered to satisfy requirement
  • PhD Dissertation: in addition to PhD degree requirements outlined in the Graduate Study at Northwestern University section of this Web site, completion of a prospectus by the end of the twelfth quarter, for admission to candidacy
  • Final Evaluations: none specified beyond the PhD degree requirements outlined in the Graduate Study at Northwestern University section of this Web site
  • Other: demonstration of advanced competence in a second natural language.  (For non-native English speakers, advanced competence in English satisfies this requirement.)