New students are admitted to the Ph.D. program once each year to begin in the Fall term. (The Department of Linguistics does not offer the M.A. degree.) All application materials must be received by the Department no later than December 7. More detailed information about the application process is available from Rackham Graduate School Admissions. Questions about our application process should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete the official online Rackham Graduate Application form, being sure to upload all other admission materials (outlined below):
Admission materials for new students must include:
- Completed Rackham School of Graduate Studies application
- Statement of Purpose
- Personal Statement
- Official transcripts of previous work
- Three letters of recommendation (plus English translations if originals are not in English) are required, although up to four are allowed.
- Sample of written work (examples: a senior thesis or a term paper on a linguistics related topic)
- English Proficiency Exam (TOEFL) For students whose native language is not English and who do not have a degree from an English-medium university, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent evidence of English proficiency is required (see English Proficiency Exam) for details. We give preference to the TOEFL, among the proficiency exam options.
For all students (i.e., regardless of whether applicants are external or internal to U-M), application materials go to the Linguistics Admissions Committee, following the normal admissions cycle.