NEW BA/MA in Linguistics - Dual Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Program

The BA/MA program in Linguistics is designed for those well-prepared students who wish to obtain a master’s degree by adding a fifth year of intensive study in Linguistics. The program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) in conjunction with the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS).

The combined BA/MA degree requires a total of 38 4-credit courses (152 credits). The requirements combine those of the BA and MA degrees. However, up to two graduate-level Linguistics courses may be used to simultaneously satisfy the requirements of both the major and the MA degree thereby reducing the total number of required courses from 40 to 38.

    With advisor consent, GRS LX 600 or 700 level courses can be substituted for the corresponding CAS LX 300 or 400 level course in satisfaction of the BA requirements, thereby enabling those courses to count simultaneously towards the BA and MA program (up to a maximum of two).

Students who wish to combine the BA honors program with the MA must complete the thesis option within the honors program and may not include additional directed study courses as part of the MA degree.

Students who think they may be interested in this dual degree program are strongly encouraged to discuss their interest as soon as possible with their advisor and/or the program director (Prof. Neidle, carol@bu.edu).

Application to the BA/MA program

The BA/MA application must be submitted by April of the junior year using the on-line application form.

    You can apply as early as your 4th semester of enrollment or as late as the spring semester of your junior year. The deadline for admission into the program as of September 2017 is April 21, 2017.

    Read the "Supplemental Documents" section carefully. You will need to have two faculty members who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation (you will list their names), and you will need to upload a program of study form that has been approved and signed off on by your advisor or the program director (Carol Neidle).

Only those students who will have completed CAS LX 301 Phonetics & Phonology (or 510), LX 321 Syntax (or LX 522), and LX 331 Semantics & Pragmatics (or LX 502) by the end of their junior year, and who have a cumulative grade point average through the end of the junior year of 3.5 overall and 3.65 in CAS LX Linguistics courses will normally be admitted.

    Students must normally complete CAS LX 301 Phonetics & Phonology (or 510), LX 321 Syntax (or LX 522), and LX 331 Semantics & Pragmatics (or LX 502) by the end of their junior year, but you can submit an application before that, with your advisor's approval, as long as your plan of study incorporates those courses in the required time frame.



Important note: Those considering the BA/MA program may wish to register for the graduate versions of certain courses. Please consult with your advisor or the director of the program as early as possible in your undergraduate career if you think you might have an interest in this joint program.

Printed/printable brochures

Hard copy versions of the requirements for the BA and MA programs are available in 621 Commonwealth Avenue or you can view/print the online pdf versions (print double-sided, 'flip on short edge'):