How to Apply
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*We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2021. Please check back in August for Fall 2022 application and required materials.
Prospective applicants may benefit from contacting faculty members whose research connects with your own research interests. 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.
Our Specializations and Interests
In the Department of Linguistics at the U, our faculty specialize in:
- Theoretical Syntax and Semantics
- Theoretical Phonology
- Second Language Acquisition
- Second Language Phonology
Our faculty also have interests in historical linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and second language pedagogy.
- 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 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.
Department of Linguistics
c/o Kacey Campbell
255 S Central Campus Dr. Room 2300
Salt Lake City, UT 84112