Ph.D. Programs

The Department of Linguistics offers four concentrations leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Linguistics:

Each concentration has distinct admissions profiles, course requirements, learning goals, and career paths.

The general requirements for the Ph.D. in Linguistics include:

Foreign Language Proficiency
Research Tool Proficiency
Qualifying Review (QP1)
Second Qualifying Paper (QP2)
Oral Examination
Dissertation Proposal
Writing and Oral Defense of a Dissertation

Further details concerning requirements, standards and procedures for the Ph.D. are given in the Linguistics Graduate Student Handbook and the Graduate Bulletin.

Other useful information:

A grade point average of 3.33 is required to maintain good standing in the Ph.D. program.  Students on assistantship are required to maintain a GPA of at least 3.67.

The doctoral program involves 54 credits of coursework, which may be reduced by advanced standing or transfer credits for students with previous graduate coursework in Linguistics or a related field.

If, in their course of the Ph.D. program, a doctoral student meets all of the requirements of a M.S. degree in Linguistics, he or she may apply to receive a "Masters in Passing." Please consult section IV.D.3 of the Graduate School Bulletin for full details about the “in passing” or “terminal” Master’s degree.

Ph.D. students are eligible for Doctoral Assistantships, which include a stipend and cover tuition or thesis research fees and health insurance. In exchange, students work 15 hours per week as Research Assistants, Teaching Assistants, or Departmental Assistants. For more details, visit the Funding for Graduate Students page.