Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages

Graduate Study
Linguistics - Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Arts and Letters, students must meet the requirements specified below.


To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in linguistics, an applicant must:

  1. Have the results of the Graduate Record Examination General Test forwarded to the department.
  2. Submit to the department a master's thesis or other sample of written work as evidence of the applicant's ability to conduct doctoral–level research.
  3. Include in the letter required by the college a 700–1000 word statement of purpose and summary of academic background.

To be admitted to the program on regular status, an applicant must have:

  1. A bachelor’s or master's degree in linguistics or related field.
  2. Completed at least two years of study in a foreign language at the college level.
  3. A grade–point average of at least 3.50 in courses completed in all previous undergraduate or graduate work.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Linguistics

The student must:

1. Complete all of the following courses with a grade of at least 3.0 in each course. Any of the following courses or their equivalents may have been completed prior to enrolling in the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in linguistics.
LIN 431 Introduction to Morphology 3
LIN 437 Semantics and Pragmatics 3
LIN 824 Phonological Theory I 3
LIN 825 Phonological Theory II 3
LIN 834 Syntactic Theory I 3
LIN 835 Syntactic Theory II 3
An 800-level morphology-intensive course may be substituted for LIN 431 if approved by the student's guidance committee.
2. Complete two additional 800-level courses excluding Linguistics 890, at least one of which must be a Linguistics course. Additional courses may be required by the student’s guidance committee.
3. Pass the comprehensive examination by submitting two research papers of publishable quality in two different areas of linguistics and passing an oral examination for each paper. At least one of the papers must be in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, or pragmatics.

Academic Standards

The student must:

  1. Maintain a cumulative grade–point average of at least 3.50.
  2. Not accumulate more than 6 credits with a grade below 3.0 in courses that are to be counted toward the degree.