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Graduate Admissions – M.A. or Ph.D. Degrees:  General Linguistics Track

Questions:  Direct admissions questions to Anna Hults, Graduate Coordinator, at linginfo@uoregon.edu

Preparation

A solid preparation in linguistics proper is an indispensable requirement for any further specialization at the graduate level, applied as well as theoretical. Although the faculty and courses deal with a wide variety of linguistic topics and issues, there are three facets of linguistics that are strongly emphasized in the graduate program:

  1. A empiricist approach to the study of language structure, variation and change and acquisition and learning.
  2. An empirical approach to the methodology of linguistics research, which includes live data and fieldwork, as well as experimental and cross-linguistic orientations.
  3. An interdisciplinary emphasis on the place of human language in a wider natural context.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the M.A. program assumes the completion of the equivalent of the University of Oregon B.A. in linguistics. Students without a B.A. in linguistics or its equivalent will be expected to complete the following courses within their first year: Introduction to Phonology (LING 550), Syntax and Semantics I (LING 551), and Syntax and Semantics II (LING 552). A grade of B or higher is required in these courses.

Applicants to the Ph.D. program must submit, along with the graduate application, a sample substantial research paper or M.A. thesis. Applicants who intend to pursue a Ph.D. should apply directly to the Ph.D. program. It is not necessary to complete the M.A. first. The Graduate School requires at least three years of full-time work beyond the baccalaureate degree for the doctorate, with at least one year spent in continuous residence on the Eugene campus. We construe the latter requirement to mean that at least six formal courses, including seminars, must be taken within the program while the student is in continuous residence for three academic terms.

Application Deadline

The fall term application deadline is January 15.  We are now taking applications for Fall 2018. Most students should begin in the fall term. It rarely makes academic sense for new students to begin in winter or spring term because of sequencing of required courses.

Application Materials

(DO NOT bind materials or put them in plastic folder)

  1. Graduate Admission Application
    • Apply online! This is a general application to the University of Oregon as well as the Linguistics Department application. International Students a $90.00 non-refundable fee is collected by credit card.  Domestic students a $70.00 non-refundable fee is collected by credit card.
  2. Transcripts: A set of official transcripts is required. Send, in a sealed envelope issued from the University, the set of official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you received or will receive a degree (Bachelor’s and subsequent degrees) to Office of Admissions, University of Oregon, 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-1217 USA. Upload copies of your transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended (even those where you did not receive a degree) to the online application form (GradWeb). Transcripts from foreign countries should have an English version and also a certificate of degree attached.If you have not yet finished the degree at the time of application, send the most up-to-date transcripts available. If you are accepted and enroll at the UO as a graduate student, you will be required to show proof of your degree within the first two weeks of your first term. The official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admissions. Your file will not be considered complete until those transcripts are received by the Office of Admissions.
  3. GRE scores: The GRE is required for all applicants. Neither the University of Oregon nor the Department of Linguistics sets a minimum requirement for GRE scores. The GRE code for Institution (University of Oregon) is 4846, and the Department (Linguistics) is 2903. For information about the GRE, write Education Testing Service, 1974 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704, or Box 955, Princeton, NJ 08540 or call 1-800-537-3160 or visit website http://www.gre.org .
    It takes five or six weeks for scores to reach the Linguistics Department, so be sure to take the exam in time for your scores to arrive before the application deadline.
  4. A Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose should include why you want to enter the program, what has prepared you to enter the program, and what you are planning to do once you have completed the program. It is usually 1 to 2 pages in length. Your statement of purpose can be uploaded to the online application.
  5. Three letters of recommendation: Identify three persons familiar with your academic experience and your ability to carry out independent research. The online application requests contact information (name, position, institution, telephone number and email) for each recommender. Upon submission of your online application, each recommender will be notified via email and provided with instruction on how to respond.
  6. Writing Sample (required for Ph.D. applicants only):  Applicants to the Ph.D. program must submit a sample graduate research paper (or M.A. thesis). Your writing sample can be uploaded to the online application.
  7. Graduate Teaching Fellowship (Funding):  Graduate assistantships (teaching, research, and administrative) are known as GTFs at the University of Oregon. GTFs receive a monthly salary, tuition remission, fee subsidy, and health insurance. A limited number of positions are available to first year students. There is no formal application for a GTF.  All incoming students are automatically considered for departmental support. Incoming graduate students for the Ph.D. program who are accepted with GTF support are guaranteed a GTF position throughout their first four years of the graduate program, providing that they continue to be in good standing and to be making timely process, as determined by the faculty, throughout that period. However, our resources are very limited and we have a limited number of positions available.  Therefore, we encourage applicants to investigate other possible sources of financial support.

Submission Instructions

Upload to the Online Application Form (GradWeb)
Statement of Purpose
Writing Sample (Ph.D. applicants only)
Transcripts from all universities or colleges attended

Send these Official Documents to Linguistics Department
GRE scores
Official TOEFL/IELTS score report (international applicants only)

Send these Documents to Office of Admissions
Official transcripts from institutions where you received a degree.

The ETS code for Linguistics is 2903

Mailing Address to Office of Admissions
Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217 USA

Application Status

Applicants can track the progress of their admission material by accessing the University’’s online application. When applying, make note of your login credentials (user name and password) for future reference. An application is not considered complete until all the materials have been received. A final decision will not be made until the application file is complete.