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

Propaganda: Fascism and Neo-Fascism Lecture Series: "Acts of Self Representation - Nazi-Fascist Cultural Diplomacy"
Mar5
Propaganda: Fascism and Neo-Fascism Lecture Series: "Acts of Self Representation - Nazi-Fascist Cultural Diplomacy" Mar 5 Knight Library
History Department - Germany Study Abroad featuring Professor Daniel Menning
Mar6
History Department - Germany Study Abroad featuring Professor Daniel Menning Mar 6 McKenzie Hall
Black CommUnity Table
Mar6
Black CommUnity Table Mar 6 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Let's Talk Drop-In - Wednesdays 2-4PM @ BCC
Mar6
Let's Talk Drop-In - Wednesdays 2-4PM @ BCC Mar 6 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Native American and Indigenous Studies Research Colloquium—Taking Back Two-Spirit: The Historic and Current War on Indigenous Gender and Sexual Variance
Mar6
Native American and Indigenous Studies Research Colloquium—Taking Back Two-Spirit: The Historic and Current War on Indigenous Gender and Sexual Variance Mar 6 Many Nations Longhouse
Latinx Studies Night at the JSMA
Mar6
Latinx Studies Night at the JSMA Mar 6 Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
History Department - "Bankrupted By Bubbles"
Mar6
History Department - "Bankrupted By Bubbles" Mar 6 McKenzie Hall
¡Juntos! Latinx Support Group
Mar7
¡Juntos! Latinx Support Group Mar 7 Carson Hall, Ramey Room
Kuponya: Centering Black Healing
Mar8
Kuponya: Centering Black Healing Mar 8 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Let's Talk Drop-In - Fridays 1-3PM @ CMAE/Zoom
Mar8
Let's Talk Drop-In - Fridays 1-3PM @ CMAE/Zoom Mar 8