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Apply: SLATE Graduate Admissions

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. 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
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)
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 score 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.  

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

Statement of purpose

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

TOEFL  Score
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.