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Apply to the Ph.D. Program


For admission to the  Ph.D .  program, the following are normally required:

Bachelors degree
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:

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.

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.

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

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

TOEFL  Score
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

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

  • John Bailyn
  • 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.  

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