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Why Pursue a Graduate Certificate in Linguistics

The Graduate Certificate in Linguistics offers training in advanced, language-based studies, encompassing theoretical, applied, and pedagogical aspects of linguistics. As a Linguistics student, you will explore:

  • Bilingualism, multilingualism, and second language acquisition
  • The relationship between language and social factors (gender, age, class, ethnicity, etc.)
  • The internal structure of languages and how they change over time
  • Applied linguistics in the English or foreign language classroom

This certificate is particularly valuable for MA and PhD students in the Humanities and Social Sciences who seek careers as college and university instructors or language professionals in a various settings.

Interdisciplinary Learning Experience

The Graduate Certificate in Linguistics is highly interdisciplinary, uniting 16 affiliated faculty members from six departments in three different colleges at UTSA. The key purpose of the certificate is to broaden linguistic knowledge from an interdisciplinary perspective, enabling students to explore language as a significant tool for understanding cultures in an increasingly globalized world.

Linguistics + Other Disciplines = Master's Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies

Earn a Master's Degree

Are you ready to take your career and academic journey to the next level? Combine this program with another eligible certificate to earn a master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies! Take advantage of the opportunity to customize your degree to align with your professional and educational goals.

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

For international students, please note that student visas are not issued at UTSA for non-degree-seeking students, including certificate programs. For more information, visit our international students admission page.

Linguistics (CERT)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) Departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  English Language Proficiency 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS / Duolingo 100
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
Apply 2024-25 Application

Application Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Linguistics (CERT)
Timing on Admission Decision: Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on a rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
Application Deadlines for: Priority International Domestic
Fall 2024 June 1 June 1
Spring 2025 October 1 October 1
Summer 2025 March 1 March 1

Funding Opportunities


Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.

A. Foundation Course (3)
Select one course from the following:

  • LNG 5003 Introduction to Linguistics
  • SPN 5903 Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
  • ENG 6033 Language and Linguistics
  • ESL 5003 Linguistics for Second Language and Bilingual Specialists

B. Elective Courses (9)
Select three of the following courses:

  • LNG 5013 Sociolinguistics
  • LNG 5143 Forensic Linguistics
  • LNG 5153 Topics in Contemporary Linguistics
  • SPN 5843 History of the Spanish Language
  • SPN 5853 Spanish of the United States
  • SPN 5863 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
  • SPN 5883 Spanish Morphology and Syntax
  • SPN 5893 Spanish Dialects
  • SPN 5903 Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
  • ENG 6033 Language and Linguistics
  • ESL 5003 Linguistics for Second Language and Bilingual Specialists
  • ESL 5013 Foundations of Second Language Acquisition
  • ESL 5083 Pedagogical Grammar
  • ESL 6013 Second Language Acquisition Research
  • BBL 5123 Sociolinguistics and Education
  • BBL 7133 Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition
  • BBL 7233 Seminar in Second Language Learning & Multilingualism
  • BBL 7243 Seminar in Applied Linguistics
Whitney Chappell

Certificate Advisor of Record

Whitney Chappell, PhD