Master of Arts Program

Linguistics

The Graduate Linguistics Department was founded in 1989, in collaboration between Payap University and the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL). Today over one hundred graduates from Asia, the Pacific Rim, the Americas, and Europe belong to the Linguistics Department alumni.

Southeast Asia hosts many languages belonging to five entirely different language families: Tai-Kadai, Tibeto-Burman, Hmong Mien, Austroasiatic, and Austronesian. Relatively little is known about the number, classification, and affiliation of individual languages in the region, and many of them are endangered. Only appropriately trained linguists can investigate these languages, guide the many communities who aspire to document, preserve and cultivate their cultural heritage, and skillfully translate or train to translate materials into their language. To meet this need, the Linguistics Department offers a strong field-linguistics-focused degree right in the center of where these languages are spoken.

Master of Arts Program in Linguistics (International Program)
Master of Arts (Linguistics)

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Revised Curriculum B.E. 2565/2022

The program was published for quality and standards in accordance with Thai Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (TQF: HEd) B.E. 2552 in the academic year 2566.

General qualifications: Graduates with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, good character (behavior), and with sound health and no chronic medical conditions that would be barriers to study.

Specific qualifications:

1. Applicants must have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of not lower than 3.00 on a 4.00-point scale.

2. Applicants must have sufficient background in Introductory Linguistics, Phonetics, and Grammar, subject to approval by the Curriculum Administrative Committee.
Applicants lacking sufficient background may be granted admission with the condition that they complete the Certificate Course(s) offered by the Linguistics Department with a High Pass in each course.

3. Foreign Language Requirement for non-native English speakers: Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in at least two languages, one of which must be English.

Each student whose mother-tongue is not English must demonstrate their proficiency in English in any of the following ways:

    • A TOEFL score (internet) of at least 73 or a TOEFL score (computer) of at least 211.
    • An IELTS (International English Language Test) score of 6.0 or greater on the reading and listening sections.
    • An equivalent score on a similar test acceptable to the admissions committee.
    • Documentation proving education (secondary or post-secondary) with English as the language of instruction.

Note: Applicants whose knowledge of English is below the required proficiency level may be granted conditional admission. Various probationary conditions may be required of the student with regards to their English ability.

4. Foreign Language Requirement for native English speakers: Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in at least two languages, one of which must be English. 

    • Each student whose mother-tongue is English must demonstrate their proficiency in another language in any of the following ways:
    • Undergraduate or graduate courses in another language (not English) totaling 12 or more credits with a grade point average of 3.00 or above.
    • A passing grade on the Thai Ministry of Education O-NET P6 Thai examination.
    • A 2+ on the ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) scale in a language other than English.
    • Documentation proving education (secondary or post-secondary) with a language other than English as the language of instruction.

The curriculum has 2 plans:

1. Plan A2 Thesis 12 Credits Coursework: 27 Credits
2. Plan B Independent Study 6 Credits Coursework: 33 Credits

Course Structure

Plan A2 Thesis

Plan B Independent Study

Required course credits

9

9

Elective course credits

No less than 18

No less than 24

Thesis/Independent study credits

12

6

Total

No less than 39

No less than 39

The Linguistics MA program enables students to summarize the intellectual and ethical problems in a variety of linguistic domains and propose solutions. It is important that students synthesize relevant literature and explain how it relates to their work. In addition, students must use appropriate analytical methods to solve a language problem. And lastly, students know how to design and carry out a research project that accords with theoretical principles.

  • Asian language research and language development
  • Writer/Translator/Interpreter
  • Staff of government organization
  • Staff of private organization
  • Teacher or professor at various levels

Total expenses

For the entire 3 years course or 6 semesters:

Total: 290,800 baht. 

*Fees for thesis proposal and final defense are not included.

Study Plan

Plan A2: Coursework and Thesis

Year 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
AL 603 PHONOLOGICAL ANALYSIS
3 (3-0-9)
AL 704 FIELD METHODS IN
4 (2-4-10)
AL 605 GRAMMATICAL ANALYSIS
3 (3-0-9)
AL 706 LINGUISTIC DATA MANAGEMENT
2 (1-2-5)
AL 608 SOCIOLINGUISTICS
3 (3-0-9)
ELECTIVES
3
Total
9
Total
9
Year 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
TWO ELECTIVE COURSES
6
AL 799 THESIS (RESEARCH PROPOSAL & ETHICS WRITING LITERATURE REVIEW DATA COLLECTION)
12 (0-0-36)
Total
6
Total
12
Year 3
Semester 1
Semester 2
AL 799 THESIS (ANALYZING DATA WRITING DATA ANALYSIS WRITING ARTICLE FOR PUBLICATION)
Continuing
AL 799 THESIS (WRITING INTRODUCTION & CONCLUSION THESIS DEFENSE PREPARATION FORMATTING & PUBLISHING)
Continuing
Total
0
Total
0

Plan B: Independent Study

Year 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
AL 603 PHONOLOGICAL ANALYSIS
3 (3-0-9)
AL 704 FIELD METHODS IN LINGUISTICS
4 (2-4-10)
AL 605 GRAMMATICAL ANALYSIS
3 (3-0-9)
AL 706 LINGUISTIC DATA MANAGEMENT
2 (1-2-5)
AL 608 SOCIOLINGUISTICS
3 (3-0-9)
ELECTIVES
3
Total
9
Total
9
Year 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
AL 608 SOCIOLINGUISTICS
3 (3-0-9)
AL 797 INDEPENDENT STUDY (RESEARCH PROPOSAL & ETHICS* WRITING LITERATURE REVIEW*)
6 (0-0-18)
ELECTIVES
6
ELECTIVE
3
Total
9
Total
9
Year 3
Semester 1
Semester 2
Al 797 INDEPENDENT STUDY (DATA COLLECTION DATA ANALYSIS WRITING DATA ANALYSIS)
Continuing
Al 797 INDEPENDENT STUDY (WRITING INTRODUCTION & CONCLUSION IS PROJECT DEFENSE PREPARATION FORMATTING & PUBLISHING)
Continuing
ELECTIVE
3
(ORAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION**)
Total
3
Total
0

Instructors

Dr.Douglas Inglis

Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Alberta, 2014

Dr.Cathryn Yang

Ph.D. Linguistics, La Trobe University, 2010

Dr.Elissa Ikeda

Ph.D. Applied Linguistics, UCLA, 2007

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Phone: 053 851 478 – 86, 053 241 255 Ext. 7207, 7208, 7210