Graduate Overview

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Graduate Programs in Linguistics

Language Sciences offers a Ph.D. program in Linguistics. We do not offer a stand-alone M.A. program; however, students in the Ph.D. program earn an M.A. along the way to the Ph.D., after completing the M.A. requirements. An M.A. is not required prior to admission to the Ph.D. program — students are admitted with a Bachelor’s degree. For more information on admission to the Ph.D. program, see the How to Apply page.

We also offer a Ph.D. Minor in Linguistics for graduate students in other programs.

Why Wisconsin?

Linguistics graduate students have access to faculty from across campus who specialize in various aspects of linguistics, including linguistic theory, first and second language acquisition, language disorders, historical and sociolinguistics, and endangered language documentation and revitalization. See the Research pages for more information on particular concentrations of faculty research. The unique structure of Language Sciences at UW-Madison allows students to receive strong foundational training in theoretical linguistics and experimental methodologies, with flexible options for pursuing specialized research in a variety of interdisciplinary areas.

All admitted graduate students are offered a funding package in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships, project assistantships, and/or research assistantships.

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Students enjoy a warm spring day on Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Photo by Bryce Richter /UW-Madison)

The beautiful UW Campus has rich opportunities for academic, professional, and social engagement for graduate students. We also have an active and fun Linguistics Student Organization which organizes a variety of student activities, including an annual student conference, the Workshop in General Linguistics (WIGL). Madison is just a great place to live – it’s no wonder our city is a perennial favorite on “Best Place to Live” lists!

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A fall afternoon on the Lakeshore Path. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

A wealth of information for newly admitted graduate students is available on the UW’s Graduate Student Life site.