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All application materials must be submitted by January 1 for matriculation the following August (Fall semester). Competitions for assistantships and other financial aid are conducted only for applicants who meet the January 1 deadline. Provided there is still space in our incoming cohort, applications that are submitted after this deadline will receive secondary consideration up to April 15. Applications are not accepted for Spring or Summer admission.

Please allow ample processing time when submitting your official documentation directly to the Graduate School to ensure they are made available to the Department by January 1.


Applicants to the Department of Linguistics must initiate their application directly with the Graduate School, fulfilling all Graduate School requirements as well as any department-specific requirements below. No recommendation can be made for applications that are labeled "incomplete" by the Graduate School. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the completion of their application, but the department will attempt to alert applicants about missing materials. If you ever have questions or concerns about your application, please contact us at

  1. An undergraduate or graduate degree. An applicant's degree(s) need not be in Linguistics, but coursework or experience relevant to Linguistics is strongly preferred. Applicants with a bachelor's or master's degree unrelated to linguistics may apply for either an MA or PhD; however, admission to the PhD program for such applicants demands exemplary qualifications. Applicants who possess an MA in Linguistics or a closely-related field may apply for the PhD program and complete a reduced course load.

    Successful applicants for the MA and PhD programs typically have undergraduate GPAs well above 3.0. Applicants with graduate records are expected to have earned at least a 3.5 GPA in previous graduate coursework.

    You will have the opportunity to upload unofficial, scanned transcripts as you apply on the Graduate School's website. If you should need to submit further unofficial transcripts, please email them to In the event that you are recommended for admission by Linguistics, you will be asked to provide official transcripts to the Graduate School. If possible, electronic versions of official transcripts are strongly preferred, emailed to Official hard copies will be accepted if they are in a sealed envelope and mailed directly from the institution (if possible) to:

    Office of Graduate Admissions
    The University of Georgia Graduate School
    Brooks Hall
    310 Herty Drive
    Athens, GA 30602

  2. GRE score. Scores on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required for admission. While there is no official minimum score required for admission, successful applicants have normally achieved combined scores of over 300 on the GRE verbal and math sections. Please note that if you are interested in competitive UGA awards for financial aid, you should take your GRE in the fall semester a year before your matriculation. If scores are not received by January, you may not be considered for award-based financial aid. Have official GRE scores sent directly from ETS to the Graduate School using institution code 5813.
  3. The TOEFL or IELTS exam for non-native speakers of English. This requirement can be waived for applicants who hold a degree from a university within the United States or a university elsewhere whose language of instruction is predominantly English. There are other limitations on this waiver, so applicants should be in touch with the Graduate School at if there are any questions.

    While there is no official minimum score required for admission, international applicants who wish to be funded by the department must possess a speaking score of 26 (TOEFL) or 7.5 (IELTS). Have official scores sent to the Graduate School using institution code 5813.

  4. Three letters of recommendation. Letters from professors and other academic sources are highly preferred, though other letters will be accepted. Letters will be elicited from your recommenders via email through the Graduate School's online application process.
  5. Statement of Purpose. Compose a brief essay of about 500 words which indicates why you want to study Linguistics at the University of Georgia. You will be prompted to submit this during the Graduate School's online application process.
  6. A writing sample. Writing samples should be academic in nature and are normally a paper submitted for a course. Submissions must be in English. You will be prompted to submit this during the Graduate School's online application process.
  7. Résumé or CV. Since we wish to consider all applicants for all University-wide fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships, applicants should provide a résumé listing their previous educational and research experience. You will be prompted to submit this during the Graduate School's online application process.

    For details about award specifics and how you may tailor your letters to aid us in nominating you for specific awards, please see the financial assistance section of this website

    You are also encouraged to look for financial support from other relevant departments while pursuing a degree in Linguistics, though you will have to contact those departments directly in order for them to assess your qualifications. Linguistics students have been awarded teaching assistantships in departments that house specific languages, such as English (first-year composition), German & Slavic Studies (German, Russian), Romance Languages (French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish), Comparative Literature (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese; also Swahili and other African languages), as well as other units like the Intensive English Program (for non-native speakers). Students have also been successful in finding employment on campus in other capacities.

  8. Proof of financial support. International students must provide proof that they can fund their education before they can be offered admission. You will be prompted to submit this documentation during the Graduate School's online application process.

    For information regarding how much money an international student must prove they have, please contact Graduate Admissions at with any questions. Awards may be used as support in this form, so students may choose to wait until decisions have been made regarding competitions for funding before submitting this form. International applications will be marked complete and prepared for review with the understanding that the financial statement will be submitted later in the process.

    Domestic students may also wish to provide a financial statement, especially if they are receiving outside funding, or if they have special funding needs. However, domestic applications will be considered fully complete without this document.

Updated: 07/29/2020

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