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USC Catalogue 2020-2021 
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Linguistics (MA)

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The Linguistics department does not accept applicants for a Master of Arts degree. Students who complete the necessary coursework and write and successfully defend a screening research paper will automatically be awarded an MA in Linguistics as part of the PhD program.

Students pursuing the PhD program in linguistics are required to complete 32 units of course work toward the MA degree. The choice of courses is subject to approval by the Graduate Studies Committee. In addition, students must satisfy one foreign language or research tool requirement. (See Foreign Language/Research Tool Requirement .)

MA Research Paper

In addition to course work, students are also required to write one research paper. The completed paper must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Committee no later than the student’s fourth semester of graduate study by the deadline established for that academic year. Following submission of the research paper, each student will conduct an oral defense of his or her work.

Required Courses for MA in Linguistics

Of the 32 units, students are required to take the following courses:

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