College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Accelerated MA in English (Concentration in Linguistics)

Program Specific Requirements

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Application Process

Preparing to Apply

Before applying, meet with the director of your undergraduate program and with the director of the master’s program. 

  • Student must demonstrate a satisfactory performance in LING 306 and one other LING course (from transcript copies)
  • Applicant must submit transcript copies demonstrating the applicant has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA in all coursework and coursework applied to the major.
  • Applicant must submit a goal statement (1-2 pages) explaining interest in the program.
  • Applicant must submit two letters of recommendation, preferably from current or previous professors/instructors and email them to the program director in linguistics (
  • Go over your schedule for completion of the undergraduate degree
  • Plan appropriate graduate course work
  • Be familiar with the policies for accelerated master's programs 

When to Apply

Mason undergraduate students who have completed between 75 and 100 credits toward the bachelor’s degree are invited to apply.

Eligible students should contact their advisor to initiate the application process. Access the Accelerated Master’s Application Guide for more information.

Post Application

The application is processed by the Office of Graduate Admissions. If approved, you will receive a letter of admission to the accelerated master’s program and a graduate admissions approval letter for the term you officially begin the master’s program.

The official date for the start of your master’s degree is the semester immediately following your undergraduate graduation.

Accelerated master’s students must graduate from their undergraduate program in the semester specified on their application to the accelerated degree program. Changes to the timeline for conferral of the undergraduate degree must receive written approval by the graduate program director. Students must meet the University’s accelerated master’s program policies

Failure to meet the terms of admission will result in termination from the accelerated master’s program.

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