Prospective Students

We offer 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.

Our mission is to prepare students to participate in and contribute to the discipline of Linguistics through research, teaching, and service.

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Admission Information

We welcome applications from all students holding a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university and a 3.0 grade point average. Applications are accepted once a year for fall semester. Please note that we do not offer spring admission for our graduate programs. The Department of Linguistics does not offer conditional admission. All applicants must meet the requirements provided on our website. Please visit "How to Apply" for more information.


Our graduate program requires that you complete an Introduction to Linguistics/Study of Language course before beginning the required graduate coursework. We recommend that you take this course prior to admission. At the University of Utah, the introduction course is LING 1200. An equivalent course would also be accepted. The information covered by an Introduction to Linguistics/Study of Language course is available here.

Financial Aid

We have scholarships available to both undergraduate and graduate students. Please visit our Scholarships and Awards page for more information. The College of Humanities, which houses the Department of Linguistics, also offers scholarships to students.

Other financial aid is also available through the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.

Teaching, research and graduate assistantship opportunites are also available to our graduate students. More information, including the application and instructions for applying are available on our Scholarships and Award page.

Last Updated: 8/12/19