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2023 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Master's Degree Schools

144 Colleges in the United States
2,909 Master's Degrees
Foreign Languages & Linguisticsmaster's programs are on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of popularity. In fact, the major degree program ranks #27 out of the 37 majors we look at each year. This may make is a little harder to find a school that is a good fit for you.

College Factual reviewed 144 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for master's degree seekers in the field of foreign languages and linguistics. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 2,909 master's degrees in foreign languages and linguistics during the 2020-2021 academic year.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

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

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

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

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
94 Annual Graduates

Columbia University in the City of New York is a great decision for students pursuing 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.More information about a master’s in foreign languages and linguistics from Columbia University in the City of New York

#2

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
11 Annual Graduates

University of Notre Dame is a great decision for students pursuing a master's degree in foreign languages and linguistics. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Notre Dame.More information about a master’s in foreign languages and linguistics from University of Notre Dame

#3

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5 Annual Graduates

It's difficult to beat Duke University if you wish to pursue a master's degree in foreign languages and linguistics. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Durham.More information about a master’s in foreign languages and linguistics from Duke University

#4

Georgetown University

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

Every student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in foreign languages and linguistics has to check out Georgetown University. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington.More information about a master’s in foreign languages and linguistics from Georgetown University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
18 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in foreign languages and linguistics from University of Southern California

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
23 Annual Graduates

UCLA is a very large public university located in the large city of Los Angeles.More information about a master’s in foreign languages and linguistics from University of California - Los Angeles

#7

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2 Annual Graduates

Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Providence.More information about a master’s in foreign languages and linguistics from Brown University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
40 Annual Graduates

UIUC is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Champaign.More information about a master’s in foreign languages and linguistics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
19 Annual Graduates

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

#10

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a master’s in foreign languages and linguistics from Vanderbilt University

#11

Tufts University

Medford, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a master’s in foreign languages and linguistics from Tufts University

#12

Gallaudet University

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

Gallaudet is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington.More information about a master’s in foreign languages and linguistics from Gallaudet University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
36 Annual Graduates

UW - Madison is a fairly large public university located in the city of Madison.More information about a master’s in foreign languages and linguistics from University of Wisconsin - Madison

#14

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
13 Annual Graduates

Villanova is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Villanova.More information about a master’s in foreign languages and linguistics from Villanova University

#15

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
23 Annual Graduates

UF is a fairly large public university located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville.More information about a master’s in foreign languages and linguistics from University of Florida

#16

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
19 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 foreign languages and linguistics from University of Virginia - Main Campus

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
43 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize suburb of Monterey, Middlebury Institute is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.More information about a master’s in foreign languages and linguistics from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
24 Annual Graduates

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

#19

Boston University

Boston, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
13 Annual Graduates

Located in the large 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 foreign languages and linguistics from Boston University

#20

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5 Annual Graduates

Brandeis is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Waltham.More information about a master’s in foreign languages and linguistics from Brandeis University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
25 Annual Graduates

UT Austin is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Austin.More information about a master’s in foreign languages and linguistics from The University of Texas at Austin

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

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
25 George Washington University Washington, DC
26 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
27 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
28 University of Chicago Chicago, IL
22 University of Delaware Newark, DE
23 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
24 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
25 George Washington University Washington, DC

Foreign Languages & Linguistics by Region

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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 1,167
Romance Languages 975
Classical Languages & Literature 217
East Asian Languages 143
American Sign Language 112
Germanic Languages 88
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 88
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 49
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 26
Second Language Learning 19

Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 15,845
Theology & Religious Vocations 14,027
English Language & Literature 7,909
Philosophy & Religious Studies 2,087
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 2,044

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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