The Graduate School Advance to a Higher Degree


Supported Degree Objectives

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Non Degree

Required Supporting Documents

  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Statement of Purpose
    • In this statement, be sure to describe your academic and professional goals, your preparation in linguistics, and your background in research and writing. If you are applying for an M.A., please indicate if you expect to terminate your studies with the M.A. or hope to continue to a Ph.D. You may also wish to describe your prior work experiences and cite any published works. (Approximately 500 words.) Please name the professors you are interested in working with and explain why you would like to work with them. It is important that you expand on the extent to which the professors' research interests match your own. This document can be submitted with your online application.
  • Writing Sample (2500 words; Degree-specific requirements below)
  • English Proficiency (Non-native English speaking international applicants: choose a test below)
    • TOEFL: Internet-Based Test (IBT): Minimum Overall Required Score: 80
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 19
        • Listening: 14
        • Speaking: 18
        • Writing: 18
    • TOEFL: Paper-Delivered Test: Minimum Overall Required Score: No minimum
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 19
        • Listening: 14
        • Writing: 18
    • IELTS (Academic Module): Minimum Overall Required Score: 6.5
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 6.5
        • Listening: 6.0
        • Speaking: 6.0
        • Writing: 5.5

Master's Degree Program Requirements

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.4 or equivalent (A=4.0)
  • Writing Sample:
    • Applications for graduate study in Linguistics at the M.A. level should include a course paper or other work that the student feels represents his/her general writing ability.

Doctoral Degree Program Requirements

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    • Not required before admission, but must be completed during the doctoral program with a 3.6 GPA or equivalent.
  • Writing Sample:
    • Applications for admissions to the Ph.D. program must include a writing sample relevant to Linguistics. This writing sample may be something written specifically for the application, a term paper for a previous course, M.A thesis, or published work.
    • The writing sample at the Ph.D. level should show your general writing ability and also that you have a sufficient understanding of Linguistics to enter at the Ph.D.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Spring Summer
    December 15 No Entry No Entry

Program Contact Information

  • Name Brandi Plantenga
    Phone 765-494-7161
    Web Program Website
    Address Graduate Coordinator
    Department of Linguistics
    Purdue University
    100 North University Street
    West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098

Additional Information

  • Purdue's Linguistics Program offers a wide range of courses leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. M.A. and Ph.D. curricula encourage students to tailor their linguistics studies to their interdisciplinary interests. We offer a thorough grounding in the foundations of linguistics and opportunities to develop research and teaching skills, while also allowing students to specialize in an area of interest. One of the main strengths of the program is the analysis of bilingual language systems. The program provides advanced training in the analysis and characterization of the linguistic and psycholinguistic development of bilingualism, broadly construed, in young children and adults. How does the bilingual mind process, develop, and maintain multiple linguistic systems? What characteristics do these systems have and why; how do they affect each other and relate to each other in the lifespan of bilingual speakers? What tools can be used to assess the degree of language acquisition and to facilitate language learning? These are vital questions in current linguistic research and the Purdue Linguistics Program is uniquely situated to address them.
  • We welcome applications from students interested in all areas of linguistics, as well as in language specific areas including Hispanic linguistics, French linguistics, German linguistics, and Japanese linguistics. Students can be admitted at the M.A level, Ph.D. level or in the dual M.A./Ph.D. track. Students should specify in their applications which program or track they seek admission into.
  • Admitted students will be provided with tuition remission as well as funding in the form of TA-ships or RA-ships. Students will be housed in the Linguistics Program (School of Interdisciplinary Studies), but they will have the opportunity to complete course work and conduct research with a vibrant group of faculty members housed in various departments and schools including the English Department, the School of Languages and Cultures, the School of Communication, the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences.

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