How to Apply

Requirements for Admission

The graduate program in Linguistics admits only students whose goal is the Ph.D. degree. We do not offer a stand alone M.A. program.

Students are admitted with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. A Master’s degree is not required for admission.

Admission to the Ph.D. program is based on:

  • the applicant’s personal statement
  • three letters of recommendation
  • (Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores – waived for Fall 2021)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores if applicable
  • academic transcripts

The personal statement is considered carefully to ensure that the applicant’s goals are compatible with the strengths of our program.

How to Apply

New students are admitted for Fall term only. The deadline for receipt of all materials is December 23.

Note that the faculty has waived the GRE requirement for Fall 2021 admissions. Submission of GRE scores is not necessary in this review cycle.

Application materials are submitted online directly to the Graduate School. For links to start the application process, see the Linguistics Graduate Guide.

Application fee waivers are available for U.S. residents from minority backgrounds. Email for more information about applying for a fee waiver.

For questions about the application process, documents needed, or status of your application, contact Language Sciences administrator Tammy Bartels:


phone: 608-262-2292

For questions about the program itself, contact Academic Advisor Becky Shields: