Graduate Studies in Linguistics at Florida Atlantic University
The FAU graduate Linguistics program prepares students for a broad range of opportunities in language education and research. Our alumni have found employment in public and private schools, colleges, and institutes, here in South Florida and overseas. Our graduates hold positions directing ESL, EAP, and Remedial English programs; they teach English or foreign languages both in the US and abroad; and some have continued their education in doctoral programs in related fields.
How do we prepare graduates for such a broad range of contexts?
Our MA program combines theoretical and applied linguistics, providing students with a well-balanced grounding of theory and practice. Thus, our students graduate with a broad range of expertise that allows them to successfully compete in today’s global job market. They are well-suited to not only apply pedagogical techniques but also interpret the research literature and integrate it into their particular instructional situation. Students have the choice of an MA degree with thesis and a non-thesis option.
Our Department offers financial support for MA students, either as supervised Teaching Assistants teaching one of the foreign languages offered in the Department (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish) or by assisting professors in teaching undergraduate courses in linguistics.
All Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) are guided by experienced faculty members. GTAships include a stipend and tuition waiver.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Studies Certificate
The college-wide ESL studies certificate program is a graduate/undergraduate program that expands and complements our Linguistics degrees. This certificate is especially appropriate for those who wish to teach English to adult non-native speakers in intensive English institutes, community colleges, private schools, and in international contexts.
M.A. (thesis option)
There are two options available to students for the MA in Linguistics: with thesis and without thesis. The MA degree with thesis option requires 30 credit hours: 24 of course work and 6 of thesis credit. For all graduate work students must earn a B or better to receive credit toward the degree. Students who earn a B- or less will need to retake the course or substitute another in order to fulfill the requirement.
M.A. (non-thesis option)
The MA degree non-thesis option requires 36 credit hours of course work and a comprehensive exam. For all graduate work students must earn a B or better to receive credit toward the degree. Students who earn a B- or less will need to retake the course or substitute another in order to fulfill the requirement.
The Comprehensive Exam
Students in non-thesis programs must complete a written comprehensive examination administered by their graduate committee, during the last semester of course work, no later than week 12. The examination will be drawn from the student’s course work and a bibliography compiled by the student in consultation with his/her graduate committee. It will consist of about 9 questions and will be administered on two different days (4 hours per day) or over the course of one day (8 hours). The student's committee may also require an oral exam. If a student fails the written examination, it may be repeated once.