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Apply to the M.A. Linguistics Program

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 15 for international students
                                                      June 1 for domestic students
  • Apply yourself website  (   Please be sure to choose the correct Masters program from the drop down list on Apply Yourself. The Linguistics Department offers MA TESOL Program and the MA in Linguistics Program. )

For admission to the   M.A. L inguistics program, the followings are required:

Bachelors degree and Official transcripts
A bachelors degree is required. Students must present evidence that such a degree will be awarded by the time they begin graduate work. Two official copies of all previous transcripts for all colleges and universities attended, including junior and senior college and graduate transcripts (if applicable).  If transcripts are in a language other than English, certified English translations are required in addition to the original documents.  Transcriptions should be mailed to:

Michelle Carbone
Department of Linguistics
Room: S-201
Social   &  Behavioral Sciences Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook,   NY 11794-4376

EXCEPTION: You do NOT need to supply official transcripts from coursework taken at Stony Brook University, since we have access to those.

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

Graduate Record Examination ( GRE)
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   ETS are required. For information on the GRE, visit the  GRE website.

Statement of purpose

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Writing samples
Generally, a paper written for a course you have taken.

Foreign language proficiency
Equivalent to two years of college work in a language other than English with a grade of C or better.

Non-native speakers of English must have obtained a minimum total score of 90 on iBT TOEFL or 6.5 on IELTS.

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


Important Note:

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 ( 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 ( 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: