Master of Arts in Linguistics
The Navajo Language Program itself does not offer a Master of Arts in Navajo Language. As part of the Department of Linguistics at UNM, students interested in getting a graduate degree studying the Navajo Language should apply through the Department of Linguistics, which offers a Master of Arts in Linguistics with a concentration in Native Languages of the Southwest with a focus in Navajo.
The candidate must take the following courses:
- NVJO *501 — Navajo Linguistics
- NVJO *511 — Navajo Verb System I
- NVJO *512 — Navajo Verb System II
- NVJO *515 — Advanced Navajo
Additionally one course must be taken from: Field Research, Native American Languages or Issues in Bilingual Education.
General Requirements of MA Proram
Plan I : 24 hours coursework and 6 hours thesis
Plan II : 32 hours coursework only, no thesis
- A minimum of 12 hours of 500-level coursework is required under either plan.
- All work, including transferred coursework, must be completed within 7 years.
- To remain in good standing in the program the student is expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The entering MA student is expected to have completed 18 hours of basic linguistics courses including the following courses or their equivalents:
- Introductory Linguistics, Phonological Analysis, Phonetics
- Grammatical Analysis, Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics
Deficiencies in these prerequisites may be made up after admission to the MA program.