Apply to the Computational Linguistics M.A. Program
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 15
For admission to the M.A. program in Computational Linguistics, the following are normally required:
A bachelors degree is required. Students must present evidence that such a degree will be awarded by the time they begin graduate work. A final transcript is also required prior to registration and should be mailed to:
Department of Linguistics
Social & Behavioral Sciences Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4376
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.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
There is no subject test for computational linguistics; the general test is all that is required. Please request that ETS send official score reports to Stony Brook University (School code 2548) and the Department of Linguistics (code 2903). Note that paper copies are neither required nor accepted by the Graduate School, only official score reports by ETSare required.
The writing sample may take one of two forms:
a short paper written for a previous course, ideally related to language, mathematics, or computation, or
a 2-page document describing a completed or ongoing programming project, including a link to an online repository hosting the code
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Non-native speakers of English must have obtained a minimum score of 600 (paper), 250 (computer), or 100 (iBT) on the TOEFL test.
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.
1) If you apply after April 1, you should upload an electronic copy of your transcript with your application in ApplyYourself. If you have already submitted your application, email a copy of your unofficial transcript to Michelle Carbone ( firstname.lastname@example.org). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for the application and will also be valid for matriculation. An official transcript, however, must be submitted during the Fall 2020 semester, prior to registration for the Spring 2021 semester.
2) If you have questions, please contact the department via email ( email@example.com). Access to telephone messages is limited, and so response to telephone messages will suffer delay.
3) Due to the worldwide closure of testing centers, the Department of Linguistics is waiving the GRE requirement for applications to its MA programs for Fall 2020. This includes applications to the MA-TESOL, MA in Computational Linguistics, and the MA in Linguistics.
For international applicants, scores from the Duolingo English test will be accepted in lieu of scores from IELTS or TOEFL. For Duolingo links, visit: https://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/graduatebulletin/current/admissions/requirements/english.php