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2023 Best Linguistics Master's Degree Schools

59 Colleges in the United States
516 Master's Degrees
a master's degree in linguistics is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #228 out of 1172 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.

In 2023, College Factual analyzed 59 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Linguistics Master's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 516 master's degrees in linguistics to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

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 good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a school's overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking which itself looks at a collection of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

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 complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools 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.

10 Top Schools for a Master's in Linguistics

#1

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
17 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a master's degree in linguistics has to take a look at Georgetown University. Georgetown is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington.More information about a master’s in linguistics from Georgetown University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8 Annual Graduates

It's hard to beat University of Southern California if you want to pursue a master's degree in linguistics. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a master’s in linguistics from University of Southern California

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
11 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 fairly large public university located in the large city of Los Angeles.More information about a master’s in linguistics from University of California - Los Angeles

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4 Annual Graduates

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a wonderful decision for students interested in a master's degree in linguistics. UIUC is a fairly large public university located in the city of Champaign.More information about a master’s in linguistics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6 Annual Graduates

UC Davis is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of Davis.More information about a master’s in linguistics from University of California - Davis

#6

Boston University

Boston, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
11 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in linguistics from Boston University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Newark, UD is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a master’s in linguistics from University of Delaware

#8

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in linguistics from Cornell University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
9 Annual Graduates

Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a master’s in linguistics from University of Virginia - Main Campus

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a master’s in linguistics from University of California - Berkeley

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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 239
Comparative Literature 158
Language Translation 140
Applied Linguistics 98
Other Linguistic, Comparative, & Related Language Studies & Services 16

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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