Graduate Programs in Linguistics

Why study linguistics at the University of Arizona?

  • The department is ranked 12th in the country, according to the recent National Research Council (NRC) survey.
  • Our Ph.D. program in Linguistics is ranked 9th in the country by NRC.
  • Faculty members in our department are recipients of such distinguished awards as the Earl H. Carroll Magellan Circle Fellowship, YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award, Provost's General Education Teaching Award, Regents' Honor, Dean's Award for Excellence in Lower Division Teaching, and more.
  • Our faculty includes the poet laureate of Tucson, a former two-time president of the Linguistic Society of America, and two fellows of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • The department maintains special relationships with Native American nations and includes Navajo, O'odham and Southern Ute Faculty, who are fluent speakers of their languages.
  • Our joint Anthropology and Linguistics (ANLI) Ph.D. program is one of only two such programs.
  • Our M.A. program in Native American Linguistics (NAMA) is the only one of its kind in the country.

The Department of Linguistics offers two Masters degree programs, a PhD degree program, a Joint PhD degree program, and an Accelerated Masters degree program. Click on the links below, or explore the links to the left, to learn more about the different types of programs offered through the Department of Linguistics.


Graduate Programs

PhD Program

MS in Human Language Technology

MA in Native American Languages & Linguistics

Joint PhD in Anthropology & Linguistics (ANLI)

Accelerated MS in Human Language Technology


If you have admissions questions, please first explore the programs admission requirements. If your questions are not answered, please contact Stephanie Amado.