M.A. program in Linguistics in Clinical Research at Bar-Ilan University
M.A. Program in Linguistics in Clinical Research is designed for exceptional students with a B.A. in Psychology, Communication Disorders, Special Education, Brain Sciences or similar fields, who want to obtain a deeper understanding of their field’s linguistic basis. At the end of the program, students develop a profound understanding of the way language works and are able to handle issues relevant to Israeli society, including language evaluation in multilingual civilizations, second and first language acquisition, linguistics traits of psychiatric disorders and the neural and cognitive foundation of reading attainment and dyslexia.
M.A. Program in Linguistics in Clinical Research consists of courses in general linguistics designed to provide students with a strong foundation in various areas like semantics, psycholinguistics, pragmatics, syntax and phonology. It also includes seminars and advanced courses in certain research areas like morphology acquisition, reading and language disorders, semantics and syntax, specific language impairment, bilingualism, language and autism and language and schizophrenia.
Students who want to conduct independent studies may pick research topics that incorporate their prior knowledge with their newly acquired linguistic knowledge using the department faculty members’ areas of expertise. Classes are taught in English and courses in adjunct departments such as Education, Sciences, Brain and Psychology are in Hebrew. Students without full control of academic English are also encouraged to apply. The university’s faculty gives advice to students in Hebrew and the studies of students have dealt with Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, English and other languages.
Degrees offered in the program include M.A. with thesis, M.A. without thesis and Ph.D. The M.A. with thesis consists of 5 seminars with research papers, guided reading and 2 required seminars. Additional requirements include oral thesis defense, long papers submitted in 2 graduate seminars and mandatory attendance at Department Colloquia.
Students who are taking the M.A. without thesis are required to complete 9 seminars with research papers in three of them, 2 required seminars and guided reading. Other requirements are long papers submitted in 3 graduate seminars and mandatory attendance at Department Colloquia.
For those who want to pursue a Ph.D., they are required to complete six seminars with research papers in two of them.
Applicants for the PhD and MA programs are required to submit the following:
• Scanned diploma/s
• Scanned formal transcripts of previous studies, including all the instructors, grades and course names
• Applicants for the PhD also need to submit a writing sample in English like an honors thesis or a seminar paper and a letter written in English discussing their research interests (around 1 to 2 pages)
The university offers several financial aids to all students, including Federal Loans, MASA Grants and Early Admission Scholarship.
Applicants can send emails at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.