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Master of Arts [MA] (Linguistics) - Course Overview




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Updated On - January 2nd 2019 By SAKSHI GUPTA

Master of Arts (MA) Linguistics Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

MA Linguistics is 2-year full-time postgraduate course, the minimum eligibility for admission to which is graduation completed in any stream from a recognized university, with a minimum aggregate score of 50%. The program is spread over 4 semesters.

Top Institutes offering MA Linguistics course are:

The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 12,000 and 18,000 for a span of 2 years

Master of Arts in MaharashtraMaster of Arts in Tamil NaduMaster of Arts in Uttar PradeshMaster of Arts in Andhra Pradesh

Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test as also the aggregate score in graduation.

Top recruiting areas are Media organizations, corporate communication, media transcription, government language department, etc. The average annual salary offered to such professionals ranges between INR 4 and 7 Lacs, increasing with the candidate’s experience and expertise.

MA Linguistics: Course Highlights

Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course

Course LevelPostgraduate
Duration2 years
Examination TypeSemester system
EligibilityGraduation in any stream from a recognized university with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.
Admission ProcessBased on performance in entrance exam + merit obtained at the level of graduation
Course FeeINR 12,000 to 18,000
Average Starting SalaryINR 4 and 7 Lacs
Top Recruiting CompaniesNDTV, Times of India, Hindustan Times, Times Internet, India Today, etc.
Top Recruiting AreasMedia organizations, corporate communication, media transcription, government language department, etc.
Top Job ProfilesLinguist, Editor, Proof Reader, Teacher, Lecturer, Dictionary Compiler, Speech Trainer, Speech Therapist, etc.

MA Linguistics: What is it About?

MA Linguistics is an interdisciplinary course which aims to offer to eligible candidates a firm understanding of the basis of language and linguistics, valuable insight into the relationship between language, culture and society, skills in practical application of theories to the social context, analytical and linguistic skills by introducing different approaches to the analysis of language use.

Modern linguistics is the scientific study of all aspects of the world’s languages from their sound systems and grammatical structure through to the interaction of language with culture, the study of meaning in language, and the use of language in modern technology. Linguists try to establish what types of structures are shared by different languages and the extent to which languages may differ from each other.

The discipline includes three broad areas theoretical Linguistics (phonology, syntax, semantics), psycholinguistics (language acquisition, language processing), language Use (discourse studies, bilingualism, phonetics, historical linguistics)

Enrolled students are offered a solid background in all these three domains, and are needed to choose a series of elective courses in order to specialize in one area. The course includes:

  • training in empirical, computational, and experimental methodology.
  • practical lessons in designing, planning, and carrying out an end-semester research project during an internship and thesis-related work.
  • advanced lessons in the field of linguistics, and in a particular linguistics subdiscipline.
  • lessons in the academic, communication and methodological skills needed for carrying out individual research.

MA Linguistics: Top Institutes 

Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course

Name of InstituteCityAverage fees
Aligarh Muslim UniversityAligarhINR 15,500 
Annamalai UniversityCuddaloreINR 10,500 
Banaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiINR 6,000 
Bharathiar UniversityCoimbatoreINR 7,200 
Delhi UniversityDelhiINR 8,000 
Dravidian UniversityKuppumINR 16,500 
Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityDelhiINR 1,200 
Calcutta UniversityKolkataINR 7,200 
B.R. Ambedkar UniversityAgraINR 18,000

MA Linguistics: Eligibility

Candidates wishing to apply for the course need to have:

  • completed graduation from a recognized university in any stream
  • attained a minimum aggregate score of 50% at the level of graduation
Master of Arts in Madhya PradeshMaster of Arts in TelanganaMaster of Arts in AssamMaster of Arts in West Bengal

MA Linguistics: Admission Process

Most institutes offering the course admit students based on their performance in a relevant entrance test. Some institutes conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission. Admission process generally varies across colleges. A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s score at the level of graduation.

Some such universities that hold entrance tests in the country for admission to the course are:

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Faculty of Arts, Delhi University
  • Banaras Hindu University

MA Linguistics: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here



Introduction to LinguisticsIntroductory Transformational Generative Syntax
PhoneticsAspects of Linguistic Behaviour
Phonology PaperApplied Linguistics
MorphologyInterdisciplinary Course -I



Language and MindField Methods Paper
SemanticsHistorical Linguistics Paper
Intermediate SyntaxInterdisciplinary Course-II
Linguistic Logic & Structural SemanticsTranslation Theory and Practice
Advanced SyntaxComputational Linguistics
Language TypologyDevelopmental Psycholinguistics
Optional SubjectsOptional Subjects
NeurolinguisticsSecond Language Acquisition
MultilingualismLanguage Testing
Structure of LanguageLanguage Planning
Language PlanningLanguage and Education
LexicographyAdvanced Historical Linguistics

MA Linguistics: Career Prospects

Successful postgraduates of the course are equipped with valuable intellectual skills, such as analytical reasoning, critical thinking, argumentation, and clarity of expression along with skills for making insightful observations, formulating clear, testable hypotheses, generating predictions, making arguments and drawing conclusions, and communicating such findings to a wider community.

Such postgraduates can pursue relevant roles in teaching, publishing and in government administration, dictionary-compiling, proof-reading and editing, speech and language therapy and computer programming and information technology.

Interested postgraduates may also pursue Ph.D. or M.Phil. in linguistics.

Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful postgraduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Master of Arts  in Linguistics annual salary
Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Pay in INR
LinguistThe duties of a Linguist depend on the organization they are working for. One of these duties may be to act as an Interpreter or Translator. In general, Linguists are the bridge between people of different language backgrounds. Their job duties vary depending on where they work. They may work in courts, interpreting the proceedings between court officials and people whose English skills are limited; in hospitals, interpreting between doctors and patients and translating vital forms and information; or even as Tour Guides, acting as language and cultural experts for visiting foreign nationals.4 lacs
Speech TherapistSpeech and Language Therapists treat babies, children, and adults with various levels of speech, language, and communication problems, or difficulties in swallowing, drinking or eating. They deal with a diverse client group, including people with physical and learning disabilities, hearing loss/deafness, psychiatric disorders or dementia. They may also treat a range of conditions, including cleft palate, stammering, language delay, and voice disorders. They usually work as part of a multidisciplinary team alongside other health professionals, and often liaise with family, carers or teachers when developing treatment plans. Speech-Language Pathologists must also perform administrative tasks, including keeping accurate records. They record their initial patient evaluations and diagnoses, treatment progress, any changes in a patient’s condition or treatment plan, and, eventually, they complete a final evaluation when the patient finishes the therapy.7 lacs
Dictionary CompilerLexicographers write, compile, and edit dictionaries for both print and online publications. The work involves searching specialist databases comprising thousands of pieces of language from a range of sources, including literature, newspapers, online journals, blogs, discussion groups and transcripts of television and radio (known as the 'corpus'), for evidence of meanings and usages of a word or phrase. They decode such evidence and their own judgement and experience to reassess existing entries and identify and consider possible new entries. As nearly all dictionaries are now online and encompass a broad range of related resources, the role is evolving to meet these changes. They may also be involved in creating and sourcing this add-on material and marketing the whole package online, particularly through social media. In these roles, they are likely to be called Dictionary Editors.5 lacs
Proof ReaderThe Proof Reader is in charge of making sure that the text of any product that involves writing (such as magazines, newspapers and books) is free of any errors, whilst ensuring that texts are engaging and accessible to the readers. Proofreading involves correcting grammatical and spelling errors, while copy-reading involves looking at the work and fixing any problems with style and tone. They usually do fact-checks as well, making sure that everything in the text is accurate and true. Most publications combine both job roles into one position They are usually hired by newspapers. Some magazines have Copy-Editors and Proof-Readers, too, but their longer production time allows for the use of fewer people to assess the articles. In book publishing, Proof Readers also do some administrative work, such as coordinating with writers and with printers.4 lacs



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