NAMA Admissions Requirements

The Department of Linguistics accepts applications for admissions to graduate study for only the summer term each year. The application becomes available in September through the Graduate College website. Paper applications will not be accepted. The application deadline for International Applicants is December 15 and for Domestic Applicants is January 15. We typically accept applications beyond the January 15 deadline.

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 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.


For questions about the program, please contact Dr. Ofelia Zepeda at

For questions about the application and its process, please contact Joshua Carlin at