Graduate Programs

PhD in Linguistics

The PhD in linguistics trains students in the science of language. Students become specialists in the core areas of linguistics — phonology, syntax, and semantics — and learn to integrate this core with the study of second language acquisition. This 72-credit degree program prepares students for positions in academia, industry, and government working in a host of organizations that are concerned with language and second language acquisition. 

PhD student handbook

Linguistics concentration in the MA in English

The master's degree in English with a concentration in linguistics is theoretically oriented and provides a solid foundation in the major subfields of linguistics: phonology, syntax, and semantics. It requires 30 credits and can be earned on a part-time basis in two years.

Accelerated MA in English (Concentration in Linguistics)

An accelerated master's degree program is available to highly qualified undergraduates in any major at George Mason. Students accepted to this program complete some graduate coursework as part of their undergraduate degree program. They can earn both a bachelor’s degree in their chosen major and a master’s degree in English with a concentration in linguistics by completing 144 credits, often within five years.

Graduate Certificate in Linguistics: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The graduate certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) is an 18-credit program that focuses on the applied aspects of English linguistics. This program offers courses in  English phonetics, English grammar, second language acquisition, teaching ESL, and a practicum.