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Apply: SLATE Graduate Admissions

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For admission to the Ph.D. program, the following are normally 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.

Requirements for submitting Official School Transcripts:

Applicants are to submit official transcripts from the college/institutions where their degree was conferred. The Graduate School admissions GPA requirement will be a 3.0 cumulative GPA from the institution/college where the degree was conferred. All official transcripts are required by the Graduate School Admissions with degree conferral. 
Please review under Application Checklist:   The link includes the mailing and email address for both physical mail and official electronic transcripts. 

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
Letters of recommendation from three former instructors are required. If the applicant already has pertinent work experience, e.g. as part of a software development team, some of these letters can also be from employers who are qualified to comment on the candidate’s qualifications.   Your letters of recommendation are generated through SLATE at the time of the application; the recommender can they reply electronically. 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Those applying are not required to submit a GRE score.

Writing sample
a short paper written for a previous course, ideally related to language.

Personal Statement 

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Non-native speakers of English must have obtained a minimum score of 600 (paper), 250 (computer), or 90 (iBT) on the TOEFL test. For more information such as TOEFL scores for TA, please see this file.

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

Financial Aid

Financial aid is awarded in the form of assistantships, fellowships, and tuition scholarships (these sources of financial support are primarily offered only to Ph.D. students). There are special opportunities for students of African-American, Hispanic, or Native American background (M.A. students within this program are generally only considered for these types of financial support). Applicants are also encouraged to explore opportunities for external funding independent of departmental and university resources.

 For questions about degree requirements or financial support, contact the Doctoral Director

  • Thomas Graf
  • Email:
  • If any material is missing from your application, you will be notified by email. Be sure we have the correct email address for you.