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:

  • MA, PhD

Degree Details:

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

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 for all applicants.
  5. International applicants whose post-secondary education was not in English need to provide a TOEFL score of 90 (IBT) or higher or an IELTS score of 7 or higher.
  6. Provide four letters of recommendation.
  7. Provide a personal statement of purpose.

Fall Domestic Application Deadline:

Monday, January 2, 2017

Fall International Application Deadline:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

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

Department of Linguistics website