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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.