Graduate Programs

Explore our Graduate Programs

As scientists, we seek to explain why the many language patterns we identify take the form that they do, and to understand how linguistic structure arises. Graduate students in the Department of Linguistics work with leading scholars whose research ranges from field linguistics to lab-based experimental approaches, sociolinguistics, and applied linguistics.


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Master’s Degree in Language Teaching Studies

This 15-month intensive graduate program is a terminal degree for teachers of English and/or teachers of other languages. Only under exceptional circumstances do we admit students to work toward an MA in General Linguistics.

LTS prepares leaders in language education. In this era of globalization, the program serves the evolving needs of both majority and minority language learners. Students can specialize in more than one language, including minoritized languages such as the Indigenous languages of the Pacific Northwest.

LTS Master’s Degree Requirements
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Doctorate Degree in Linguistics

Tailored to the individual student’s needs and professional goals, the PhD program in Linguistics combines a foundation in functional linguistic theory with a strong preparation in empirical research methods, both in laboratory and field settings. The PhD program cuts across the College, with support from the fields of East Asian and Romance Languages, Psychology, Neuroscience, Anthropology, and Computer Science.

Our strengths include:

  • Descriptive linguistics
  • Language revitalization
  • Historical/typological/areal linguistics
  • First and second language acquisition
  • Second language teaching
  • Laboratory phonology and phonetics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Corpus linguistics

Cecilia Staggs

The Influence of Social Information on Speech Intelligibility

“The goal of my study is to analyze the ways that language ideologies within the US Latino community interact with social expectations related to speech production, and ultimately influence how intelligible listeners perceive a speaker to be. Intelligibility refers to a listener’s ability to transcribe the speech and has been found to be susceptible to factors external to the speech stream like language ideologies and listeners’ expectations.”

—Cecelia Staggs, PhD candidate, 2025


Funding your Graduate Studies

Explore the best ways to get help paying for school. Find costs and funding information for the MA in Language Teaching Studies, support for the PhD program in Linguistics, and general support at the college and university level.

Funding and Research Support


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Resources for the Graduate Community

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"Twelfth Night Or What You Will" Auditions
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"Twelfth Night Or What You Will" Auditions Jan 29 Miller Theatre Complex
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Resume Extravaganza! (Drop-In Resume Reviews with Career Coaches & Peer Coaches!) Jan 31 Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall
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Native Studies Research Colloquium—Elakha Alliance Tribal Youth Internship Overview: Creating A Cultural Traveling Display Jan 31 Many Nations Longhouse
Linguistics Winter Colloquium
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Linguistics Winter Colloquium Jan 31 Straub Hall
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Curious About Internships and More? Put Your Education to Work! Jan 31 Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall
Your Future in Healthcare (Alumni Panel)
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Your Future in Healthcare (Alumni Panel) Jan 31 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
Curious About Translating Customer Service into Leadership Skills (panel + networking)
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Curious About Translating Customer Service into Leadership Skills (panel + networking) Jan 31 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
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Curious About Taking a Service Year (Panel) Feb 1 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
Casual Career Chats: STEM
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Casual Career Chats: STEM Feb 1 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
Mexican Studies in Queretaro Study Abroad Info Session
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Mexican Studies in Queretaro Study Abroad Info Session Feb 1 Anstett Hall