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2022 Best Linguistics Master's Degree Schools

67 Colleges in the United States
456 Master's Degrees
a master's degree in linguistics is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #222 out of 1095 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 67 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for linguistics students pursuing a master's degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 456 master's degrees in linguistics during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Linguistics School for Your Master's Degree

Best Linguistics Master's Degree Schools Your choice of linguistics for getting your master's degree school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

The overall quality of a master's degree school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a college's overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking which itself looks at a combination of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 161 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to linguistics students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of linguistics students who choose to seek a master's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized linguistics related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for linguistics students working on their master's degree.

More Ways to Rank Linguistics Schools

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Linguistics Master's Degree Schools list to help you make the college decision.

Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Linguistics in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a master's degree in linguistics. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

10 Top Schools for a Master's in Linguistics

#1

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In DC
21 Annual Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in linguistics has to check out Georgetown University. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #19 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were about 21 linguistics individuals who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent data year.

More information about a master’s in linguistics from Georgetown University

#2

New York University

New York, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NY
5 Annual Graduates

Any student who is interested in a master's degree in linguistics needs to take a look at New York University. NYU is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #40 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means NYU is a great university overall.

New York University is a fairly popular university to study linguistics in the United States with roughly 5 graduations in the most recent data year.

More information about a master’s in linguistics from New York University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In CA
4 Annual Graduates

It is difficult to beat University of Southern California if you want to pursue a master's degree in linguistics. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #30 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

University of Southern California is one of the most popular universities to study linguistics in the United States with roughly 4 graduations in the most recent data year.

More information about a master’s in linguistics from University of Southern California

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In CA
7 Annual Graduates

It's hard to beat University of California - Los Angeles if you wish to pursue a master's degree in linguistics. UCLA is a very large public university located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #27 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means UCLA is a great university overall.

With 7 students who completed this degree in the most recent data year, University of California - Los Angeles is one of the most popular universities to study linguistics in the United States.

More information about a master’s in linguistics from University of California - Los Angeles

#5

Boston University

Boston, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MA
6 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 8th out of 49 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 6 linguistics individuals who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a master’s in linguistics from Boston University

#6

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In IL
4 Annual Graduates

UChicago is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #6 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

A popular choice for linguistics students, there were roughly 4 students who graduated from this program at UChicago in the most recent data year.

More information about a master’s in linguistics from University of Chicago

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
4 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #33 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 4 linguistics individuals who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year.

More information about a master’s in linguistics from University of Virginia - Main Campus

#8

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In NY
4 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #16 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

Cornell University is a fairly popular university to study linguistics in the United States with about 4 graduates in the most recent data year.

More information about a master’s in linguistics from Cornell University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CT
4 Annual Graduates

UCONN is a very large public university located in the large suburb of Storrs. This university ranks 5th out of 18 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were roughly 4 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UCONN in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a master’s in linguistics from University of Connecticut

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY
25 Annual Graduates

Teachers College is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #32 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Teachers College is a great university overall.

There were approximately 25 linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Teachers College in the most recent data year.

More information about a master’s in linguistics from Teachers College at Columbia University

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Linguistics Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 University of Delaware Newark, DE
12 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
13 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
14 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
15 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
16 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND

Linguistics by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Linguistics is one of 5 different types of Linguistics & Comparative Literature programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Linguistics

Related Major Annual Graduates
Modern Languages 251
Language Translation 154
Comparative Literature 145
Applied Linguistics 100
Other Linguistic, Comparative, & Related Language Studies & Services 27

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Pandit Rahul Sanskrutayan, Banshidhar Mohanty. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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