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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science

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Linguistics And Cognitive Science (MA, PhD) (BS/MA and BA/MA option)

Telephone: (302) 831-6806; Fax: (302) 831-6896
Faculty Listing: http://www.lingcogsci.udel.edu/people/faculty

The Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science offers programs leading to the MA degree in Linguistics and Cognitive Science and the PhD in Linguistics. In addition, the department offers the option of a combined BS/MA in Cognitive Science/Linguistics and Cognitive Science (this is not an option for Speech Pathology) and a combined BA/MA in Linguistics/Linguistics & Cognitive Science. The MA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science is a flexible degree, allowing students to design programs of study in areas of theoretical linguistics, cognitive science, and applied linguistics (including teaching English as a second language). Areas for PhD specialization include theoretical linguistics (syntax, semantics, phonology, morphology) and experimental linguistics (first and second language acquisition, language processing, neurolinguistics).

Requirements For Admission

Students with a BA/BS or MA/MS in linguistics or in an appropriate field may apply. (Students without a degree in linguistics proper may be asked to take additional courses to meet minimum training in linguistics.) Applicants are required to submit a completed application, a writing sample, three letters of recommendation, GRE scores (a minimum of 299 on verbal and quantitative combined is normally required; the analytical score is also considered), official transcripts of all previous work, and a personal statement describing interests and objectives. Foreign students whose language of education is not English must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. A minimum of 100 on the computer-based/IBT TOEFL or 7.5 on IELTS is normally required. Foreign students whose native language is not English and who are awarded a teaching assistantship must attend the ELI TA training offered by UD before assuming their assistantship duties.

Admission is selective and competitive based on the number of well-qualified applicants and the limits of available faculty and facilities. Those who meet stated minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.

Requirement For Admission: Combined BS/BA and MA Option

Qualified undergraduate students in the BS in Cognitive Science or BA in Linguistics, as well as students completing a Bachelors degree in related fields like Anthropology, Computer and Information Science, Foreign Languages, Philosophy and Psychology (and other fields by application) may apply for the Combined BS/BA and MA option. Whereas the traditional programs for the BS/BA and MA degrees involve 4 years of undergraduate work and 2 years of graduate work, the Combined BS/BA and MA option enables students to earn both degrees in a 5-year period. Students who complete the Combined BS/BA and MA program will graduate with both a Bachelor of Science (or Bachelor of Arts) degree in the chosen subject and a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. Students who are candidates for the Combined BS/BA and MA option, and who complete the requirements for the BS or BA but fail to complete the additional MA requirements, will receive the BS or BA degree. This combined degree is not applicable for an MA in Speech Pathology.

Students may apply for admission to the Combined BS/BA and MA program at the end of the sophomore year. The application process requires submission of a completed graduate application form online for review by the Departmental Graduate Studies Committee. Initial admission will be based upon the student’s ability to meet the following recommended entrance criteria:

  • Combined mathematics and verbal SAT scores of at least 1200
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25
  • Completion of all core courses for the BS/BA other than CGSC 485
  • Submission of a writing sample, based on work completed in a Cognitive Science course

Admission is competitive so meeting the minimal requirements for admission does not guarantee admission nor does the failure to meet a requirement result in an automatic rejection. The GRE is not required for admission to the Combined BS/BA and MA program by UD undergraduates.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for PhD students in the form of teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships.  MA students may also be eligible for assistantships and scholarships. Conditions on funding are stated in the Graduate Guidelines available from the department’s Director of Graduate Studies and on the department website



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