Requirements for admission to the M.A. degree program
Case Western Reserve University has standard criteria for all
applicants to graduate programs. These include standard GRE
scores, at least three letters of recommendation, official transcripts
from degree-granting institutions, and, for all international
students, recent TOEFL scores. The admissions process for the
M.A. in Cognitive Linguistics would additionally require 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, and 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 likelihood of being
able 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 meet with Lynmarie Hamel, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies, 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.