FAQ

What is the deadline for the application?
The application deadline for international applicants is December 15. For domestic applicants, the deadline is January 15.

What should I include in my Statement of Intent?
Applicants must submit a concise statement of intent stating their academic goals, career goals, and a detailed explanation of why a graduate degree in linguistics would help them pursue these goals.

How long should my writing sample be?
There is no length requirement. The writing sample is used to identify your level of writing proficiency and your potential as a researcher.

Is a GRE required?
The GRE is required for application to the PhD, MS, and Joint PhD Programs. It is recommended, but not required, for application to the MA Program in Native American Languages and Linguistics.

What are your English Proficiency Requirements?
English proficiency is one of the requirements for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 on the paper-based test (PB), 79 on the internet-based test (iBT), or a IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a score of 6). International students seeking graduate teaching assistantships must attain the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score listed above, and in addition must attain a score of 26 or higher on the speak portion of the TOEFL IBT.

English is not my first language, but I have been studying in the United States for the past two years. What applicants are exempt from taking the English profiency exams?
Applicants who have completed two years of full time academic study in the United States, English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand or other official English speaking countries at an accredited institution, culminating in the receipt of a bachelors or graduate degree that is awarded within two years of the term of enrollment. Students must have 48 semester graded hours of upper division, undergraduate work or 30 semester graded hours of graduate work. For more information, please visit this page.

If I do not meet the department requirements, can I be admitted conditionally?
No.  You must meet all requirements.

What type of funding do you offer?
The Department of Linguistics and the University of Arizona offer a range of funding opportunities. For more information please click here.

Where do I send my transcripts?
All applicants must upload an unofficial copy of your transcripts to the Graduate College application.

Do you offer admissions for enrollment other than fall semester?
No. Admissions for the PhD, Joint PhD, and MS programs are for Fall enrollment only. Admissions for the MA in Native American Languages and Linguistics are for the preceding Summer.

What are some of the courses I can and must take as a graduate student?
Please see the Graduate Student Handbook for more information about course offerings.

I am applying to the HLT program; what type of background do I need?
The HLT program is for students who already have a background in linguistics or a language-related liberal arts disciplines. In addition, applicants must also have a computational background (e.g., experience and/or completed coursework in computer science, mathematics, or engineering). Applicants to the HLT program are considered on a case-by-case basis. Programming skills are an important prerequisite; studies in programming may be undertaken during the summer preceding entrance to the HLT program, if admitted.