Graduate Programs

Explore our Graduate Programs

As scientists, we seek to explain why the many language patterns we identify take the form that they do, and to understand how linguistic structure arises. Graduate students in the Department of Linguistics work with leading scholars whose research ranges from field linguistics to lab-based experimental approaches, sociolinguistics, and applied linguistics.


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Master’s Degree in Language Teaching Studies

This 11-month intensive graduate program is a terminal degree for teachers of English and/or teachers of other languages. Only under exceptional circumstances do we admit students to work toward an MA in General Linguistics.

LTS prepares leaders in language education. In this era of globalization, the program serves the evolving needs of both majority and minority language learners. Students can specialize in more than one language, including minoritized languages such as the Indigenous languages of the Pacific Northwest. 

LTS Master's Degree Requirements (prior to Fall 2024) 

LTS Master’s Degree Requirements (a/o Fall 2024) 
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Doctorate Degree in Linguistics

Tailored to the individual student’s needs and professional goals, the PhD program in Linguistics combines a foundation in functional linguistic theory with a strong preparation in empirical research methods, both in laboratory and field settings. The PhD program cuts across the College, with support from the fields of East Asian and Romance Languages, Psychology, Neuroscience, Anthropology, and Computer Science.

Our strengths include:

  • Descriptive linguistics
  • Language revitalization
  • Historical/typological/areal linguistics
  • First and second language acquisition
  • Second language teaching
  • Laboratory phonology and phonetics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Corpus linguistics

Cecilia Staggs

The Influence of Social Information on Speech Intelligibility

“The goal of my study is to analyze the ways that language ideologies within the US Latino community interact with social expectations related to speech production, and ultimately influence how intelligible listeners perceive a speaker to be. Intelligibility refers to a listener’s ability to transcribe the speech and has been found to be susceptible to factors external to the speech stream like language ideologies and listeners’ expectations.”

—Cecelia Staggs, PhD candidate, 2025


Funding your Graduate Studies

Explore the best ways to get help paying for school. Find costs and funding information for the MA in Language Teaching Studies, support for the PhD program in Linguistics, and general support at the college and university level.

Funding and Research Support


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Resources for the Graduate Community

Events

Black CommUnity Table
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Black CommUnity Table Jun 12 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Let's Talk Drop-In - Wednesdays 2-4PM @ BCC
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Let's Talk Drop-In - Wednesdays 2-4PM @ BCC Jun 12 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Securing Tomorrow: Cybersecurity Trends & Career Paths
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Securing Tomorrow: Cybersecurity Trends & Career Paths Jun 12
Moving from Resistance to Writing
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Moving from Resistance to Writing Jun 13
¡Juntos! Latinx Support Group
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¡Juntos! Latinx Support Group Jun 13 Carson Hall, Ramey Room
Cinema Studies Presents: The Art of Producing Spring Term Showcase
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Cinema Studies Presents: The Art of Producing Spring Term Showcase Jun 13 Lawrence Hall
Let's Talk Drop-In - Fridays 1-3PM @ CMAE/Zoom
Jun14
Let's Talk Drop-In - Fridays 1-3PM @ CMAE/Zoom Jun 14 Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence
Comparative Literature Commencement Ceremony - CAS
Jun16
Comparative Literature Commencement Ceremony - CAS Jun 16 Memorial Quadrangle
Philosophy Commencement Ceremony - CAS
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Philosophy Commencement Ceremony - CAS Jun 16 Willamette Hall
Psychology Commencement Ceremony - CAS
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Psychology Commencement Ceremony - CAS Jun 16 Matthew Knight Arena