Requirements for admission to the M.A. degree program

Case Western Reserve University has standard criteria for all applicants to graduate programs. These include GRE scores, at least three letters of recommendation, official transcripts from degree-granting institutions, and, for all international students, recent TOEFL scores (or equivalent–please see the “test scores” section of this page for details). The admissions process for the M.A. in Cognitive Linguistics also requires a statement of purpose and a writing sample. Applicants will be expected to have a formation in one of the areas that contributes to cognitive linguistics, but the history and quality of that formation will need to be judged case-by-case. For example, an applicant may have come to the study of cognitive linguistics after taking an undergraduate degree in cognitive science, computer science, neurobiology, psychology, languages and literature, or formal linguistics, or have acquired through work in industry or self-directed study a familiarity with the elements of cognitive linguistics. Applicants for the degree program will also be expected to have demonstrated an interest in research and the capacity to complete a research-oriented thesis. We routinely calculate equivalencies of foreign degrees and coursework.


Applying for admission to the Integrated Graduate Study Program in Cognitive Linguistics

Undergraduates pursuing a B.A. in any major in the university are eligible to pursue the M.A. in Cognitive Linguistics during their final year of study. Interested students should review this page, then consult with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies listed on this page (see “Where to Begin”) to determine their eligibility. In addition the standard eligibility criteria for the Integrated Graduate Study Program, prospective students must also follow the standard admission procedures and requirements described above for the M.A. in Cognitive Linguistics.


How do I apply?

We encourage you to read this page before applying, and you are welcome to send initial inquiries to the director of the program, at Applications for the degree program are submitted online only. Apply on line by visiting this page and clicking on the Apply Now link. Students interested in non-degree enrollment should consult the School of Graduate Studies webpage for Non-Degree Students. In order to consider each applicant’s case fully and fairly we prefer to receive all materials (including the online application, statement of purpose, writing sample, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation,GRE scores, and, for all international students, recent TOEFL scores) by 1 May for admission in the fall of that year.