Graduate Programs

The Department of Linguistics offers an MA and a PhD in Linguistics. Both degrees provide students with a broad foundation in the field of Linguistics via coursework and colloquia, and provide for specialist training in one or more subfields of Linguistics via opportunities to conduct individual and collaborative research.

MA program information

We offer a Master of Arts in Linguistics. A thesis is required to complete the degree. We have faculty in the following specializations: phonology, second language acquisition, semantics, syntax, and second language pedagogy. Students may choose to earn the Graduate TESOL Certificate in addition to the MA.

MA Program of Study and Recommended Schedule

If you have questions about our graduate programs, please contact our graduate advisor.

PhD program information

The PhD degree is awarded for high achievement in an advanced specialized field of study, and requires competence in independent research and an understanding of related subjects. The PhD in Linguistics at the University of Utah is designed primarily to provide students with the intellectual background and research skills of a scholar. It emphasizes disciplinary training and research methodology and culminates in a dissertation—an extended work of original scholarship that contributes significantly to the knowledge in the field. Students may choose to earn the Graduate TESOL Certificate in addition to the PhD.

PhD Program of Study

If you have questions about our graduate programs, please contact our graduate advisor.

Graduate student funding

Most of our graduate students receive financial assistance from the department in the form of teaching assistantships. Fellowships and scholarships are also available. In addition, we offer conference travel assistance to encourage students to participate in professional conferences.

Prerequisite coursework

Our graduate programs require that students complete an Introduction to Linguistics course before beginning the required graduate coursework. We also recommend that students have taken introductory syntax and phonology courses.

If you enrolled in a graduate program before Fall 2014, please see the Graduate Student Handbook Appendices for discontinued programs of study.

Last Updated: 11/1/16