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. The application deadline for International Applicants is December 15 and Domestic Applicants is January 15. We typically accept applications beyond the January 15 deadline.

Entrance Requirements

Two major requirements in order to be admitted to the NAMA program are (1) having an undergraduate degree and (2) have studied their own native language as a second language or being a native speaker of a native language. The majority of NAMA graduate students are typically non-traditional, meaning their educational background is diverse and their age typically varies. We strongly encourage older students to apply. We typically accept applications beyond the January 15 deadline.


Applications to the NAMA program 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 in order to qualify for admission.

Statement of Research Interests

Applicants must submit a concise statement focusing on the kind of research activities you 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 of 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 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.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from letter writers who know the student’s work, specifically assessing 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