Ph.D. Admission Requirements

Application Available for Fall 2024

The Department of Linguistics accepts applications for admissions to graduate study for only the fall term each year. We do not offer a Terminal Masters 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.

If prospective applicants have any questions, please contact Joshua Carlin at

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.

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

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

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.


The GRE is optional and not required for application to the Ph.D., MS, and joint Ph.D. Programs. 

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.

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 familiar with the applicant's recent academic work.