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MA in Linguistics: Program Requirements

slavic & eastern languages and literatures


Language expectations: Students should be able to show, over the course of their studies, a working knowledge of one classical and one modern language and to have some familiarity with one additional classical language and one additional modern language. The Department expects students to have sufficient background to work successfully in graduate-level courses from other departments associated with their degree program. The Department does not require but welcomes GRE scores.

Course work (residency)

Ten approved courses at graduate level (30 credits), with a distribution suited to the student's major study interests


Covered by Sector III of the comprehensive examinations.

Comprehensive examinations

Sector I (General qualifying examinations)

  1. a written review or critique of a general linguistic article
  2. a description of a limited linguistic corpus
  3. an oral colloquium on an assigned topic

Sector II (Special field examinations)

  1. a written review or critique of a monograph work in a specialized field
  2. teaching script for three lectures on a special-field topic

Sector III

A research paper on an approved topic.

The department has established exception procedures to allow limited substitution of requirements.

For further information contact

Professor Margaret Thomas
Chair, Department of Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures
Boston College
Lyons Hall 210
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3804

Telephone: 617-552-3910, 617-552-3697