Apply to the Ph.D. Program

Thanks for your interest in our PhD program! Is Stony Brook the place for you?

We encourage you to get acquainted with our faculty and their research interests by exploring our faculty webpages.  We also suggest that you periodically check our front page to learn about the sorts of talks, courses and other activities you would be participating in here as a student.  You can also follow us on Facebook to get a sense of some of the social activities in the department.  If your research interests overlap with ours, and you see yourself working productively with our faculty, then check out our program requirements and make an application.


Requirements for Admission

  • Full description here

Application Requirements

  • Submit online application via Apply Yourself

  • What to submit via Apply Yourself:

    • Statement of purpose
    • One research paper as a writing sample
    • Names (and email addresses) of three recommenders for letters of recommendation
  • Request test scores be sent to Stony Brook

  • Request that transcripts from all previous colleges and universities be sent to Stony Brook

    • Send to the following address:

      Michelle Carbone
      Department of Linguistics
      Stony Brook University
      Stony Brook, NY 11794-4376
  • For questions about the application process, contact the Graduate Secretary:

    • Michelle Carbone
      Email: micarbone [at] notes [dot] cc [dot] sunysb [dot] edu
  • For questions about degree requirements or financial support, contact the Doctoral Director

    • John Bailyn

                    Email: john [dot] bailyn [at] stonybrook [dot] edu

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

Application and Admission Timeline

January 15 – All application materials, including letters of recommendation, are due.

Late January – Offers for university wide fellowships are made and all applications are screened. During the screening period, we may contact some applicants for additional information. However, if you have not been contacted, you should NOT conclude that you are not still under serious consideration.

Late-February-Early March – Most offer letters are sent by this time. If additional spaces become available, offers may be made in mid to late March.

April 15 – Admitted students are required to accept or decline their offers by this date.