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How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2020. Please check back in August for FALL 2021 application and required materials. 


Before You Apply

Prospective applicants may benefit from contacting faculty members (see whose research connects with your own research interests. For more on research areas, see, and

Please make contact contentful (i.e. don't send form letter type inquiries), introducing yourself and presenting your research interests and questions about the program.

How to Apply

Submit your completed Graduate Admissions Application by January 8th.

The following should be submitted as part of the Graduate Admissions Application:

 Unofficial Transcripts of all previous college and university coursework

(If you are accepted, you will need to send official transcripts to the Office of Admissions.)

 English Proficiency Scores

Non-native English speakers must have TOEFL score of 250 (computer based), 600 (paper based), 100 (IBT) or better or a minimum IELTS band score of 7.0 or better. English proficiency scores may be waived if the applicant has a degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university completed within two years of admittance. English proficiency scores should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

 Curriculum Vitae/Resume

 Statement of Purpose

Please provide an explanation of your interest and purpose in seeking a graduate degree.

 Writing Sample

A sample of your best academic paper must be written in English. (If one is not available, your best non-academic prose will suffice.) The academic writing sample must be written by the applicant alone. It should represent the writing ability of the applicant in order for the Graduate Committee to judge if his/her level in writing will lead to success in the graduate program.

  Three recommendations

These may be submitted online via ApplyYourself. A hard copy of the recommendation form mailed to the Department of Linguistics is also acceptable. Please enter the names of your recommenders in the online application even if they are mailing their recommendations. Professors who know your academic abilities write the most useful and convincing personal references. It is your responsibility to ensure that all three references reach us by the application deadline.

Additional Information

  • Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm that all materials have been received by the Linguistics Department. If the deadline falls on a weekend, application materials will be accepted until the following Monday.
  • The minimum requirements are a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college/university, and at least a 3.00 or higher undergraduate weighted mean GPA is required for admission to our graduate programs.
  • GRE scores are not required for admission. However, if an applicant has GRE scores, they are encouraged to submit the scores together with the rest of the application materials. The University of Utah's ETS code is 4853. 
  • Applicants may be contacted by faculty members during the admission process for Skype interviews.

  • We do not offer spring admission into our graduate programs.
  • If you have any questions regarding the admission process or graduate programs, please e-mail our graduate advisor, Kacey Campbell, at

Mailing Address

Department of Linguistics
c/o Kacey Campbell
255 S Central Campus Drive
Rm. 2300
Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Last Updated: 2/11/20