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The M.A. in Cognitive Linguistics follows Plan A, as described in the General Bulletin of Case Western Reserve University, which can be found here. The M.A. in cognitive linguistics requires 30 credit hours and a written M.A. thesis. The committee supervising the thesis consists of a director and two additional faculty members, conforming to the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. View the guidelines for an M.A. thesis in Cognitive Linguistics.

A canonical interval for completing the program is four semesters, but many other arrangements are possible.  Part-time enrollment is also possible. The required courses include two courses in theory (406 & 407, 3 credits each), two courses in research (408 & 409, 3 credits each), for a total of 12 credits, plus an additional 6 credits of electives (typically two other courses with COGS designations, at the 300 or 400 level, although other arrangements are possible as arranged with your supervisor), for a total of 18 credits, and 12 credit hours of thesis work.

Course Descriptions

See the list of courses, with special attention to 406, 407, 408, and 409.


For questions about the program, contact the director, Vera Tobin: For questions about application procedures, contact graduate studies: You can also download this flyer for an overview: MA Cognitive Linguistics Flyer.

Current Students

Ryan Curry’s thesis research focuses on examining children’s ability to navigate the visual limitations of video chat to communicate with a call companion. Other work Ryan has done also centered around understanding children and involved topics such as language development in visually-impaired children, the effects of media exposure on children’s dialect acquisition, and the non-visual means of establishing joint attention used by a typically developing 2-year-old.
Isabel Davidson studies deception and persuasion. Besides using this research to pursue a career in forensic linguistics, she also is interested in the success of political propaganda.
Cameron Lucas studies language usage, production, and perception within the LGBTQ+ community. His thesis research is about trends in perceived masculinity/femininity of creaky voice in the transgender male (FtM) community in the United States.
Isabel McGaugh’s thesis research examines narrative structures at different scales and the use of frame shifting at different scales to create surprise in one narrative adapted into three mediums. Isabel is interested in the study of pragmatics and semantics, as well as the impact of viewpoint, gesture and medium on language.
Raghav Sharma’s research interests include cognitive dimensions of rhetoric (especially in TV news and social media) and linguistic representations of logical concepts.