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Linguistics

The department offers graduate students an empirically based program of study and research focusing on ethnographic, cognitive, computational, and functional linguistics. Specializations include African linguistics, Native American languages, computational linguistics, conversation and discourse analysis, experimental phonetics, functional syntactic theory, historical linguistics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, semantic theory, and sociolinguistics.

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

MA
Requires 30 hours of approved graduate study, including a thesis, or 30 hours of approved study without a thesis. Both plans require successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

MA for TESOL Professionals
Requires 30 hours of approved graduate study, including both Linguistics and the pedagogy of teaching English as a second language. Students prepare a professional portfolio and complete a modified comprehensive examination. Application procedures are the same as for the Linguistics MA, but please indicate "TESOL" as your proposed area of specialization

PhD
Requires 30 hours of approved graduate study, 30 hours of dissertation work, satisfactory completion of the preliminary examination, demonstration of reading knowledge of  linguistic literature in a language selected by the student and the student's advisory committee, satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination, and successful preparation and defense of a dissertation.

Admissions Requirements: 
  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  2. Have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75.
  3. Have the equivalent of 3 years of college-level study of a language other than English. Applicants who do not have this background will need to acquire it in addition to their linguistics training.
  4. GRE scores are required if you are a domestic applicant, or an international applicant whose language of post-secondary education was English.
  5. International applicants whose post-secondary education was not in English need to provide a TOEFL score of 79 (IBT) or higher or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.
  6. Provide four letters of recommendation.
  7. Provide a personal statement of purpose.
Financial Support: 

Financial support and tuition waivers are offered to Ph.D. students, as available, in the form of teaching or research assistantships.

Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 2, 2015
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 1, 2014
Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Linguistics
Graduate Secretary
295 UCB - Hellems 290
Boulder, CO 80309-0295
Phone: 303-492-8456
Fax: 303-492-4416
 

Where To Send Your Materials: 

Application Mailing Instructions

Domestic Applicants:

Transcripts should be sent directly to Graduate Admissions. Transcripts must be official copies and should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school. Copies of transcripts mailed in unsealed envelopes and sent directly by applicants are NOT official transcripts.

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553 USA

For overnight or express mail (DHL, FEDEX, UPS):

Graduate Admissions             
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street , Bldg RL3, Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA                                                                                                                              
Phone:  (303) 492-6301
  

All International Applicants

Transcripts should be sent directly to Office of Admissions/International.  Transcripts must be official copies and should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school. Copies of transcripts mailed in unsealed envelopes and sent directly by applicants are NOT official transcripts.

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Office of Admissions/International
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0065 USA

Overnight/Express Mailing Address (DHL, UPS, FedEx)          

Office of Admissions/International               
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street, Bldg RL3, Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA

Phone: (303) 492-6301