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Linguistics, M.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Gain a broad background in linguistics as well as in-depth expertise in your chosen area of specialization with support and interesting opportunities from our nationally and internationally recognized faculty.

The linguistics graduate program provides a strong foundation in the field, a range of career opportunities and valuable skills transferable to many careers. Students enjoy personalized guidance from our experienced faculty and diverse course offerings. Thesis and non-thesis tracks are available as well as concurrent enrollment toward a Ph.D.

Program Highlights

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    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Build your own specialty based on the connections you discover between the subdisciplines in linguistics.

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    Supportive Program

    Receive strong mentorship and professional development opportunities beyond the classroom.

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    Engaged Community

    Enjoy learning alongside a moderately sized, active and close community of fellow linguistics students.

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    Networking Events

    Share interests with colleagues in language-related disciplines, and participate in area-specific reading groups.

What You’ll Study

Receive solid training in an area of specialization in conjunction with courses in traditional areas of linguistics, including syntax, phonology and historical linguistics. Our program is truly interdisciplinary and encourages diverse theoretical and applied approaches.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Leadership

    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential

    Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

    Public Speaking

    Delivering a message or presentation to an audience effectively and persuasively

  • Research

    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students


    Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Language Teacher
  • Language Programmer
  • Policy Developer
  • Academic Publisher

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Technology
  • Government
  • Business

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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