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Linguistics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #151 (ARWU) Amherst Center, MA, United States
The Linguistics program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst can focus purely on linguistic theory, or combine Linguistics with another field or language. There are several interdisciplinary majors in which the study of Linguistics forms a significant part of the curriculum.
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It is also possible to major in linguistics alone or to minor in linguistics. If you are interested in discussing majoring or minoring in linguistics, or have questions about any undergraduate Linguistics courses, please make an appointment with one of the Undergraduate Advisors, or stop by during office hours.

The Linguistics program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst can be paired with majors like Anthropology, Chinese, German, Japanese, Philosophy, Portuguese, Psychology, or Spanish.

Career Opportunities in Linguistics

In the past, the study of linguistics was focused on preparation for a Ph.D. and a career as a college professor. But recent developments have brought radical changes to the employment environment for linguists. New companies and new products appear every day that call upon the skills of linguists. People trained in linguistics are now involved in enterprises like these:

  • documenting endangered languages such as with the Rosetta Project.
  • working in the field of law.
  • creating machines capable of reading aloud to the blind.
  • development of computer programs for "speech recognition" -- turning spoken language into typed text, taking plane reservations over the phone, and so on.
  • developing software to translate webpages or other documents from one language to another.
  • giving new products names that have the right positive associations. (Linguists are responsible for the name of the Cadillac Catera for instance.)
  • creating new tests of language and reading skills.
  • teaching English in Japan.
  • Peace Corps

With its broad interdisciplinary connections and international outlook, the field of linguistics is well situated to prepare students for the evolving global marketplace. Just take a look at an on-line list of job opportunities for linguists with various kinds of expertise and different levels of training.

More broadly, the study of linguistics cultivates certain qualities of thought—careful observation, analytic reasoning, logic, hypothesis development and testing—that can be applied in many other fields, such as law, business, and teaching.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • How Language Works: Linguistic Theory
  • Syntax
  • Speech Sounds and Structure
  • Phonetics for Linguists
  • Semantics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • A Completed Common Application
  • Application Fee
  • Official transcripts showing all secondary (high school) and post-secondary (if applicable) coursework, with official translations
  • If an applicant’s high school (or secondary school) is in a country outside the United States that requires national or state exams in order to progress to higher educational levels, then we require a copy of official exam results for any exams completed prior to applying for admission
  • We require either the SAT or ACT
  • One academic letter of recommendation
  • All non-native speakers of English must demonstrate English language proficiency
  • While not required for admission, all international students may choose to submit a third-party unscripted interview

Tuition Fee

  • International

    38512 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38512 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    36427 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36427 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    16439 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16439 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Amherst Center

  • 1228 - 2550 USD/month
    Living Costs

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