M.S. HLT Admissions Requirements

The Department of Linguistics accepts applications for admissions to graduate study for only the fall term each year. We do not offer a Terminal Master’s in Theoretical Linguistics. The application becomes available in September through the Graduate College website. The application deadline for International and Domestic Applicants is December 15.

Entrance Requirements

Students wishing to enroll in the Master of Science in HLT should have some prior training in either linguistics or language-related liberal arts disciplines or the more scientific fields that HLT includes - computer science, mathematics, or engineering. Applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Applications to the Ph.D., NAMA, MS, and Joint Ph.D. programs in Linguistics are submitted through the University of Arizona Graduate College. Paper applications will not be accepted.

GPA Requirement

Prospective applicants must have a 3.0 or higher GPA to qualify for admission.

Statement of Research Interests

Applicants must submit a concise statement focusing on the kind of research activities they would like to pursue at the University of Arizona and your long-term career goals.

Writing Sample

Applicants must provide a writing sample to demonstrate their level and proficiency in writing.


Please upload an unofficial copy of your transcripts to the Graduate College application. Upon admission, the Graduate College will require official transcripts from all universities attended.

Standardized Tests

The GRE is optional and not required for the Ph.D., MS, and Joint Ph.D. Programs. It is recommended but not required for the MA in Native American Languages and Linguistics Program.

English Proficiency

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 an 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.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from letter writers who know the student’s work, specifically assessing the student’s ability to carry out graduate work in linguistics. Applicants are encouraged to submit letters of recommendation from professors who are familiar with the applicant's recent academic work.


If prospective applicants have any questions, please contact Joshua Carlin at jcarlin117@arizona.edu