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2022 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Master's Degree Schools

176 Colleges in the United States
2,964 Master's Degrees
If you're seeking a Master's Degree in foreign languages and linguistics, you will have fewer peers than average since the major degree program is the #26 one in the country in terms of popularity.This may make is a little harder to find a school that is a good fit for you.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 176 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Master's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 2,964 master's degrees in foreign languages and linguistics during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Foreign Languages & Linguistics School for Your Master's Degree

Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Master's Degree Schools Your choice of foreign languages and linguistics for getting your master's degree school matters. Important measures of a quality foreign languages and linguistics program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.

A Great Overall School

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 include a college's overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 32% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 13%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 134 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Early-Career Earnings

One measure we use to determine the quality of a school is to look at the average salary of master's graduates during the early years of their career. That is, everyone wants their master's degree to be worth something, and salaries are one measure of determining that.

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 foreign languages and linguistics students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of foreign languages and 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.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for foreign languages and linguistics to pay back their student loans after receiving their master's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized foreign languages and linguistics related body.

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

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Master's Degree Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for foreign languages and linguistics students seeking a a master's degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools for a Master's in Foreign Languages & Linguistics

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NY
111 Annual Graduates

Columbia University in the City of New York is a great option for students interested in a master's degree in foreign languages and linguistics. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #21 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 111 foreign languages and linguistics individuals who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available.

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#2

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In IN
10 Annual Graduates

University of Notre Dame is a great choice for students pursuing a master's degree in foreign languages and linguistics. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #13 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were about 10 foreign languages and linguistics individuals who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent year we have data available.

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#3

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In DC
28 Annual Graduates

Any student who is interested in a master's degree in foreign languages and linguistics needs to check out Georgetown University. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the 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 28 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent data year.

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#4

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In IL
6 Annual Graduates

Northwestern University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a master's degree in foreign languages and linguistics. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #9 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

With 6 individuals who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, Northwestern University is one of the most popular universities to study foreign languages and linguistics in the United States.

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#5

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NC
6 Annual Graduates

Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Durham. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #7 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were approximately 6 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CA
56 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Monterey, Middlebury Institute is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This school ranks 10th out of 96 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 56 foreign languages and linguistics individuals who graduated with this degree at Middlebury Institute in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In PA
2 Annual Graduates

Villanova is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Villanova. This university ranks 3rd out of 75 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

A preferred major for foreign languages and linguistics students, there were roughly 2 individuals who completed this degree at Villanova in the most recent year we have data available.

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#8

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VT
100 Annual Graduates

Middlebury is a small private not-for-profit college located in the town of Middlebury. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #22 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Middlebury is a great college overall.

There were approximately 100 foreign languages and linguistics individuals who graduated with this degree at Middlebury in the most recent year we have data available.

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#9

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In MA
12 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 7th out of 49 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

A favorite major for foreign languages and linguistics students, there were roughly 12 individuals who graduated from this program at Boston College in the most recent year we have data available.

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#10

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In TN
6 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 29 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were about 6 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent year we have data available.

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#11

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IL
12 Annual Graduates

UChicago is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large 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.

There were roughly 12 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent year we have data available.

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#12

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY
79 Annual Graduates

NYU is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. This university ranks 5th out of 96 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 79 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent year we have data available.

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

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly 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.

A preferred major for foreign languages and linguistics students, there were about 12 learners who completed this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available.

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#14

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In RI
7 Annual Graduates

Brown is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Providence. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #29 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 7 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent year we have data available.

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#15

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In MA
5 Annual Graduates

Brandeis is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Waltham. This university ranks 13th out of 49 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

With 5 individuals who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, Brandeis University is one of the most popular universities to study foreign languages and linguistics in the United States.

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#16

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
15 Annual Graduates

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

There were roughly 15 foreign languages and linguistics individuals who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NE
16 Annual Graduates

Located in the town of Kearney, UNK is a public university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 4th out of 16 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Nebraska.

There were approximately 16 foreign languages and linguistics individuals who graduated with this degree at UNK in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In CA
24 Annual Graduates

UCLA is a very large public university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #27 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means UCLA is a great university overall.

There were roughly 24 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent year we have data available.

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#19

Boston University

Boston, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In MA
9 Annual Graduates

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

A popular choice for foreign languages and linguistics students, there were approximately 9 learners who graduated from this program at Boston U in the most recent year we have data available.

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#20

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NC
11 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 4th out of 41 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 11 foreign languages and linguistics individuals who graduated with this degree at Wake Forest University in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In TX
22 Annual Graduates

UT Austin is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Austin. This university ranks 2nd out of 65 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Texas.

With 22 students who graduated from this program in the most recent year we have data available, The University of Texas at Austin is one of the most popular universities to study foreign languages and linguistics in the United States.

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#22

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In GA
6 Annual Graduates

GaSou is a fairly large public university located in the distant town of Statesboro. This university ranks 7th out of 35 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Georgia.

There were about 6 foreign languages and linguistics students who graduated with this degree at GaSou in the most recent year we have data available.

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

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

There were about 16 foreign languages and linguistics individuals who graduated with this degree at UCONN in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In DC
3 Annual Graduates

CUA is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. This university ranks 4th out of 9 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were approximately 3 foreign languages and linguistics individuals who graduated with this degree at CUA in the most recent year we have data available.

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#25

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In NY
15 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 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

Cornell University is a fairly popular university to study foreign languages and linguistics in the United States with approximately 15 graduations in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Master's Degree Schools

#25

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Foreign Languages & Linguistics students that almost earned our Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
27 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
28 University of Delaware Newark, DE
29 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
30 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
31 Tufts University Medford, MA
32 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
33 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
34 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
35 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS

Foreign Languages & 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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Foreign Languages & Linguistics Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 1,133
Romance Languages 1,098
Classical Languages & Literature 174
East Asian Languages 145
American Sign Language 112
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 92
Germanic Languages 86
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 48
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 39
Second Language Learning 23

Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 16,654
Theology & Religious Vocations 13,427
English Language & Literature 7,906
Philosophy & Religious Studies 2,198
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 1,990

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 John Stephen Dwyer. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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