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Apply to the M.A. Linguistics Program

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 15 for international students
                                                      June 1 for domestic students

( Please be sure to choose the correct Masters program The Linguistics Department offers

MA TESOL Program and the MA in Linguistics Program.)

APPLY:  SLATE Graduate Admissions

For admission to the M.A. Linguistics  program, the followings are required: 

Bachelor's degree and official transcripts
A bachelor's degree is required. Students must present evidence that such a degree will be awarded by the time they begin graduate work. Official electronic transcripts sent directly from the educational institution are accepted as official.  Electronic transcripts are to be sent to  One official copy of all previous transcripts for all colleges and universities attended, including junior and senior college and graduate transcripts (if applicable).  You will need to upload copies of your transcripts onto the  SLATE application system in addition to official submission.  Uploaded copies are for review purposes only. Questions about your transcripts?  Go to Graduate School FAQ page to view the Q&A drop down list when you click on Transcripts:    Graduate School FAQ

Transcripts should be mailed to:

Michelle Carbone
Department of Linguistics
Room: S-201
Social  & Behavioral Sciences Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook,  NY 11794-4376

Cumulative   GPA  ≥ 3.0
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (or its foreign equivalent) on a four-point scale. If you have attended graduate school and obtained a master’s degree, and the   GPA  is over 3.0, then the   GPA  of the undergraduate school can be below 3.0 for regular admission.

Three (3) letters of recommendation

Graduate Record Examination ( GRE)

Stony Brook Graduate School Policy has long required a GRE general test score from all applicants.  The Graduate School at Stony Brook has decided to waive the GRE General Test requirement for the period of two years, effective immediately.   Applicants will not have to submit GRE general test scores for the 2021-2022 application cycle. 

Statement of purpose

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Writing samples
Generally, a paper written for a course you have taken.

Foreign language proficiency
Equivalent to two years of college work in a language other than English with a grade of C or better.

Non-native speakers of English must have obtained a minimum total score of 90 on iBT TOEFL or 6.5 on IELTS.

Students must be accepted by both the Department of Linguistics and the Graduate School.

For general information on the admissions process, see the   Graduate bulletin


If you have questions, please contact the department via email (

Access to telephone messages is limited, and so response to telephone messages will suffer delay.