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Linguistics

We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in Linguistics. It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the "Completing the Application" section of this page:

  • Transcripts - Linguistics will accept unofficial transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded through the online application system for review purposes.  You will only need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records at the request of Linguistics or if you are recommended for admission.
  • GRE Test
  • English Proficiency
  • Recommendation letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample - 2500 words

Application Deadlines: Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below:

Fall Spring
Summer
U.S. Citizen

January 1

No Entry No Entry
International

January 1

No Entry No Entry


Contact Information Send Supporting Documents To:
(In order to expedite the processing of your application, we ask that you submit all supporting documents in one large envelope.)
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Name: Delayne Graham
Phone: (765) 496-9629
E-mail: dkgraham@purdue.edu
Graduate Coordinator
Department of Linguistics
Purdue University
100 North University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
USA

Current master’s students wishing to move to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will not be required to submit a new application.

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

Our program is primarily interested in MA students intending to complete the Doctoral Degree. Please send us a statement of purpose, telling of your intellectual history and development, and your specific goals in research and teaching. You should also send a writing sample, a graded essay written for one of your upper level undergraduate courses. No applicant will be considered until all the required materials have been received.
  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.4 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required - Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.4 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required - Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 620
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted

Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

You should send us a statement of purpose, telling of your intellectual history and development, and of your specific goals in research and teaching. You should also send your MA thesis or publication resulting from it; as a backup, you can send a graded essay written for one of your classes as a master's student. No applicant will be considered until all the required materials have been received.

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.4 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    Not required before admission, but must be completed
    during the doctoral program with a 3.6 GPA or equivalent.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required - Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.4 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    Not required before admission, but must be completed
    during the doctoral program with a 3.6 GPA or equivalent.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required - Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 620
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.