Admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. requires a grade point average of 3.5 or better in the required M.A. courses (not counting the electives) a minimum grade point average of 2.75 over all graduate work in linguistics, and distinction in passing the qualifying examination. In deciding whether students will be admitted to the Ph.D. program, the Student Examination and Evaluation Committee considers their performance in meeting these requirements, as well as their general potential for successfully conducting advanced linguistic research.

Students are encouraged to attend at least one summer session of the Linguistic Institute of the Linguistic Society of America. Up to 8 graduate hours of credit granted under this program may be transferred, with Graduate College approval. Candidates are required to take the preliminary examinations (written and oral) after completion of 32 graduate hours beyond the master's level and to present a research paper at a meeting of the Linguistics Seminar.

Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics

LING 504Practicum (and at least 2 hours of LING 590)4
Courses as required in the area of specialization, or a combination of such courses across specializations upon the approval of the advisorvaries
First-year exam: Students must submit a substantial research paper, and present and defend it in an oral examination
Research/Project/Independent Study Hours:12
Language Requirement: Students must demonstrate knowledge of the structure of a language that is neither their native tongue nor the same language that satisfied the foreign language requirement for the M.A. degree
LING 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)32
Total Hours64

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Master's Degree Required for Admission to PhD? Yes
Qualifying Exam Required: No
Preliminary Exam Required: Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required: Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required: Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0