Cognitive Linguistics

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Master of Arts

About the Program

Dive into the inner workings of the human mind with a Master of Arts in Cognitive Linguistics from Case Western Reserve University. With modules on subjects such as phonetics, phonology, sociolinguistics and morphology, our program is sure to support your career goals. Our alumni have gone on to top PhD programs in cognitive science, linguistics and communication sciences, and to careers in fields including computer science, marketing and research. 

The study of linguistics can be applied to any language, and grants you the opportunity to travel the world exploring the different syntax and semantics of speech. When you earn your graduate degree from our Department of Cognitive Science, you benefit from our unique focus on human higher-order cognition and capacity for creativity, innovation, communication and social cognition. We pride ourselves on our use of the traditional methods of linguistics along with new, integrated methods that have been invented within cognitive science over the last several years.

What to Expect

Cognitive linguistics focuses on the intersection of language and cognition. This field of study makes it possible to evaluate very disparate topics such as how joint attention is involved in reading novels, which metaphors are most effective in getting people to change their minds, or how teaching can be improved through the use of gestures. 

Our degree program requires 30 credit hours and a written thesis. You will receive guidance and supervision from our faculty to ensure your success throughout your thesis process. Most complete the program within four semesters, although periods of study longer or shorter can be arranged, and part-time enrollment is possible. The required courses include a two-semester theory sequence, a concurrent two-semester workshop sequence, electives, and 12 credit hours of thesis work.

Cognitive linguistics goes beyond the visible structure of language and investigates the considerably more complex backstage operations of cognition that create grammar, conceptualization, discourse, and thought itself.”

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Beyond the Classroom

Looking to get involved beyond your coursework? The Cognitive Science Student Organization (CSSO) is a social and academic club for all students engaged in our field of study.

The CSSO exists to serve the academic and social interests of students (majors and minors, but also students from other departments with shared interests) through various events and activities. We hold study groups, social events with different departments, student-professor lunches and dinners, graduate student panels, colloquia and an undergraduate invited speaker event. 

For more information, check out the CSSO facebook page or email

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Admission Requirements

Our top priority is ensuring students that we admit into the program are a good fit. We only admit five students per year and do not require a specific GPA or GRE score to be considered. If you are interested in a Master of Arts in Cognitive Linguistics, visit our admissions page for more information.

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