Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who do I contact about applying?

All the information you need is available here online. If you have a question not answered on these pages, you may email the graduate coordinator.

2. When do I need to visit?

You don’t need to visit to be considered.

3. Do I need a Master’s degree to be eligible to apply for admission to the PhD program?

No, applicants to the PhD program are not required to have a Master’s degree.

4. What are pre-requisite courses to apply for the program?

We have no explicit pre-requisite courses.

5. My background is not in Linguistics; can I still apply to a graduate program?

Yes, we receive applications from applicants with many different backgrounds.  Formal background in Linguistics might strengthen one’s application, but formal background is not required to apply.

6. Does the writing sample need to be on a linguistic topic?  

From the application page:  Each applicant must submit an appropriate academic or professional writing sample in English, e.g., a term paper, thesis, or professional article that demonstrates writing and analytical skills. We have no length requirement, but recommend that submissions be between 15 and 40 pages. Doctoral applicants should submit a research paper that demonstrates their ability to conduct original research in Linguistics or a closely related discipline.

7. My GRE scores will arrive after the deadline; can I still apply?

All materials are due no later than the application deadline.

8. I’ve been out of school for a number of years.  Can my work supervisor write me a recommendation?

Applicants may submit professional references.  We recommend at least two references be academic references.

9. I completed my BA or MA from a US institution; do I need to send TOEFL scores?

No, completion of a degree program from a US institution satisfies the English requirement.

10. What is the minimum TOEFL score?

100 overall.

11. What is the minimum IELTS score?

7.5 overall.

12. I see proficiency in a foreign language is required for the program; do I need to demonstrate it during the application process?

No, this requirement is satisfied once enrolled in the program.

13. Can I edit my application once it is submitted?

No, once an application is submitted it cannot be edited.

14. I sent my transcript yesterday; when will my application checklist update?

The Graduate Admissions Office needs two weeks to process application materials once they are received.  

15. Do I really need to submit a WES evaluation of my (non-US institution) transcript?

While not required, we do recommend WES evaluations from non-US institutions.  All transcripts must be submitted in English and be accompanied by a translator notarization if not translated directly by the institution.

16. Can I be offered conditional admission?

No, we do not offer conditional admission.

17. I am non-US citizen; can I still apply to a graduate program?

Yes, we welcome applications from all applicants irrespective of citizenship status.  The application requirements are the same for all applicants. 

18. I am a non-US citizen who has been admitted to a graduate program, what next?

The Office of Global Services administers visa and immigration documents to students.  Please visit their website:

19 I am applying to concentration X, Should I contact the concentration head to let them know?

No, you do not need to contact the concentration head unless you have a question that is not answered on these web pages, and cannot be answered by the graduate coordinator.