Admission Requirements

Admission is for the fall semester only. Admission to all programs is competitive and no single factor (GRE scores, letters, grades, etc.) will exclude anyone from being admitted. Similarly, no single factor will ensure admission to the graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. or M.A. degrees. For best consideration, the online application should be completed, and back-up documentation should reach the department by the appropriate deadline. The application deadline for the PhD program is January 15. Application deadlines for the MA programs are: July 1 for domestic applicants and April 1 for international applicants.

Send all back-up documentation to:
Attention: Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Linguistics S201
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4376

Minimum Requirements

  • Only online applications will be accepted: The online application system can be found on the Graduate School’s web page.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $100 paid online by credit card. Applications will not be processed without this fee.
  • Baccalaureate Degree: A baccalaureate degree is required and the student must present evidence that such a degree will be awarded by the time he or she begins graduate work. A final transcript is also required at the time of registration.
  • Official Transcripts: Two official copies of all previous college transcripts. Transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate work must be submitted. If a student attended a junior college and these credits are not listed on the senior college transcript with grades, a separate junior college transcript is required. If transcripts are in a foreign language, certified English translations are required, in addition to the original documents.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average: A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (or its foreign equivalent). If you have attended graduate school and obtained a master’s degree, and the GPA is over 3.00, then the GPA of the undergraduate school can be below 3.00 for regular admission.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation from former instructors are required.
  • Graduate Record Examination: There is no subject test for linguistics, the general test is all that is required. Please have the testing service send a copy of your score to the department. Your official GRE score sheet is required before an offer of admission can be made. (for additional information regarding the GRE exam, visit the GRE website.)
  • Foreign Language Requirement: Proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to two years of college work.
  • Writing Sample: The writing sample should be a short paper written for a previous course taken.
  • Curriculum Vita or Resume: A current CV or resume.
  • English Language Proficiency: See requirements of English proficiency at the end of this packet.

In addition, foreign students must have the following:

  • TOEFL Score: A minimum score of 600 paper based, 250 computer based or 100 Internet-based on the TOEFL test is required for admission to the Linguistics Department.
  • Financial Affidavit: A completed financial affidavit must be returned with your application. If we do not have the financial information that is necessary it will delay the processing of your I-20.

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.