FAQs

Who do I contact about questions? 
Direct admission questions to the Undergraduate/Graduate Coordinator: linginfo@uoregon.edu

What should I include in my Statement of Purpose?
The Statement of Purpose consists of things such as why you want to enter the program, what has prepared you to enter the program, and what are you planning to do once you have completed the program. It usually consists of 1 to 2 pages.

Can I apply without a linguistic major background?
It is possible to be admitted to the program with a deficient background in linguistics.  In that case you would complete the prerequisite undergraduate courses during your first year of study.  This is not unusual.  The most important part of your application will be the statement of purpose.  This should explain why you want to pursue graduate study in linguistics, your ultimate goals, and in particular why you think that our program is the right place for you to pursue them. A writing sample would be very useful in your application.

Is a GRE required?
Yes, but there is no minimum score requirement.

What are your TOEFL requirements?
Minimum score requirements are 575 on the paper-based TOEFL, 233 on the computer-based TOEFL and 88 on the Internet-based TOEFL.  The TOEFL code for the University of Oregon is 4846.

Do you accept the IELTS?
Yes. The required score is 7.0.

If I do not meet the department requirements, can I be admitted conditionally?
No. You would need to meet all requirements.

Do you offer any GE positions or funding?
Incoming students would automatically be considered for departmental support and need not apply separately.   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.

I’ve just received a scholarship!  When can I start?
Most students should begin in the fall term. New students should begin in winter or spring term because of the sequencing of required courses. Application deadlines are posted on the website.

If I’ve sent transcripts to the Office of Admissions, do I still need to send transcripts to the Linguistics Department?
No, you do not need to send official transcripts to the Linguistics Department. The department requires unofficial transcripts from all universities you attended to be uploaded to your application in GradWeb. The Office of Admissions requires official transcripts from those universities where you received a degree. Keep in mind, the department will not consider your application complete until the Office of Admissions has received your official transcripts.

What is an official transcript?
Official copies are issued directly by the school, college, or university in a sealed envelope.  They should bear the official stamp or seal of the institution as well as the signature of the appropriate official. If transcripts and certificates are not in English, provide a certified translation of the documents.  Transcripts can be hand-delivered if the seal on the envelope has not been broken.

What should I do if I haven't yet completed my degree?
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 your first term.

What happens if all my documents don't arrive by the deadline?  Will I still be considered?
Applications that complete after the closing date are reviewed on a rolling basis until spaces in the program are filled.