Engage in the Fascinating Study of Language

If you have been puzzled by how language works or why its structures and patterns are the way they are, or if you’ve wondered how children acquire their language, what happens in our brain when we process language and how we are able to produce and understand sentences we’ve never heard before, you are welcome to join us in looking for answers to these exciting questions, and many more like them, and to become part of the lively and quickly developing field of modern linguistics.

About Linguistics Studies

Modern linguistics attempts to advance scientific research of natural language, and it interacts with areas like cognitive psychology, computer science, and brain science.

Our unique program combines theoretical fields of linguistics (such as syntax, semantics, morphology and phonology) with applied and experimental fields (such as first and second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and language impairments).

Amongst our courses you can find: Atypical Reading Development; Quantitative Research in Syntax; Autism: Language, Theory of Mind and Executive Function; Linguistics of Sign Languages; Linguistic Borrowing: Morphological and Phonological Aspects; Acquired Language and Reading Impairment; and more.

Research Interests

We encourage student research (seminar papers, MA and PhD theses) that integrates theory and experimental work or that aims to use theoretical knowledge in applied settings.

Our broad research interests include for instance:

  • Language acquisition by bilingual children diagnosed for Specific Language Impairment (SLI)
  • The neurobiological infrastructure underlying human language systems
  • The syntax of features and agreement
  • Semantics and its interaction with syntax and pragmatics
  • Morphology and its interfaces with other components of the grammar
  • The relation between syntactic structures and semantic interpretation
  • Acquisition of literacy and the relationship between oral language skills and reading/writing development
  • Language contact and cross-linguistic influence

Career Opportunities

Employment and career opportunities for linguistics graduates are diverse: writing and editing, working with linguistic data in hi-tech and technology companies, teaching English, language-related research, and more. Furthermore, our graduates have advantages in any role that requires a high level of English such as marketing, customer relations, marketing communications, etc.

The wide variety of topics that we teach give a solid foundation that prepares the graduates for advanced studies, at Bar Ilan or any other university in Israel or abroad. If you decide to continue to an advanced degree in a different field, you will benefit from the tools and skills that you acquire during your linguistics studies.


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BA Programs

English: Linguistics

Expanded Major

  • Double Major:
    • Unplanned: Combined with another Major from any other department
    • Planned with Brain Science
    • Planned with English Literature
    • Planned with Hebrew Language
    • Planned with French

MA Programs


For students interested in advanced studies and research in any field of linguistics taught in the department.

  • MA with a thesis
  • MA without a thesis

Linguistics in Clinical research

For students whose background is in Communication Disorders, Psychology, Brain Sciences, Special Education or similar fields.

  • MA with a thesis
  • MA without a thesis


PhD in Linguistics, for students interested in advanced research in any field of linguistics taught in the department.

Be a Citizen of the World

Since we teach in English, you will get the significant advantage of having practiced reading, writing and communicating in today’s international language. You don’t have to speak perfect English in order to study with us: Most of our students are native speakers of Hebrew, Arabic, or other languages rather than English. The years that you will spend with us will expose you to academic as well as ordinarily spoken English and give you ample opportunities to use these varieties of English and to improve your speech and writing skills, an important and useful tool in whatever you decide to do later in your life.

The Admissions Process

BA Studies

Admissions Criteria

A high school matriculation (bagrut) diploma including 5 points in the English bagrut with a grade of 85; and 550 general psychometric grade, with 120 on the English part. Students can also be accepted without a psychometric grade if they have a bagrut average of at least 100, including 5 points in the English bagrut with a grade of 85; in this case a grade of 220 on the Amir test or 120 on the English part of the psychometric test is needed.

MA Studies

Admissions Criteria

For an MA without a thesis, a BA in linguistics with an average of at least 80. For an MA with a thesis, a BA in linguistics with an average of at least 88. Candidates who do not hold a BA in linguistics will be required to take up to 5 additional courses during their first year and get a grade of at least 80 in each of them to continue in a non-thesis track and at least 88 to be able to transition to a thesis track (track A) in the second year.

Final acceptance decisions and terms of admission are determined by the School of Graduate Studies.

Doctoral Studies

Applicants to doctoral programs can apply for one of three tracks:
 Regular Track: The applicant has completed an MA in linguistics with an average grade of 87 or higher and written a research thesis with a grade of 87 or higher.
Direct Doctorate Track: Intended for high-achieving BA holders capable of undertaking an extended research project at the end of their undergraduate studies and completing it within a four-year period.
Combined Doctorate Track: Two years of MA studies followed by four years of doctoral work.

How to Apply

BA Studies

Applications can be submitted through the Bar-Ilan website. You should receive confirmation that your application is being processed within a few days. About a week after the application is submitted, you will be able to check its status online through the Inbar system.

MA Studies

Applications and accompanying documentation are submitted online. Answers will be sent by email.

Doctoral Studies

Applications are submitted online.

For further details, see the School of Graduate Studies informational brochure.

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