Linguistics (LN75)

The graduate program of the UC San Diego Department of Linguistics combines thorough training in theoretical linguistics and formal analysis with innovative experimental approaches to the study of human language. Our graduate students also participate in interdisciplinary collaboration with researchers in related fields like cognitive science, computer science, and psychology.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Social Sciences
Department Linguistics
Major Linguistics
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

Masters degree may be awarded to doctoral students after fulfillment of the appropriate requirements

Application Deadlines December 1, 2021 (Fall 2022)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General is recommended.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose


- Online Statement of Purpose
- 1200 word limit; encourage limiting to (the equivalent) of one to two printed pages
- Please make the statement concise and to the point. It should include (and be limited to) the following relevant points:

  1. Your main research interest(s) in linguistics, such as a subfield that engages you or a specific linguistic topic.
  2. Your ultimate professional goals. What do you hope to do with a PhD in linguistics?
  3. Relevant preparation that you have had for graduate study in linguistics, including coursework, research experiences, or field work.
  4. Any interests that you have in specific languages or language groups.
  5. Most importantly, specific aspects of the UC San Diego Linguistics Department that make us a good match for your main interests and professional goals.
  6. Resume/CV

    Not required

    Contact Info

    Campus Office AP&M 3216
    Phone (858) 534-1145
    Fax (858) 534-4789
    Mailing Address
    University of California, San Diego
    Department of Linguistics
    9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0108
    La Jolla, CA, 92093-0108