Admission to the MA or PhD degree program in Linguistics is through online application to the Graduate School of the University of Colorado. You can request financial support at the time that you submit your application. You can apply to the PhD program after having been admitted to the MA program, generally in your second year of matriculation in the MA program.  If you are a current Linguistics MA student seeking admission to the Linguistics PhD program, submit the hard copy internal application, available from Linguistics staff. The internal application must be accompanied by a statement of purpose and four letters of recommendation (sent directly to the Department by the recommenders). For a summary of graduate application requirements, consult the department description on the Graduate Admissions website. 


For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. See instructions for uploading unofficial transcripts to your application. We require one copy of the scanned transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed.  Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university.

Only after you are recommended for admission will you need to provide official transcripts. 

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must submit four letters of recommendation. In addition, all applicants must submit GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores. Visit the Educational Testing Service GRE website for information about the format of the GRE, exam dates and locations, registering for the exam and ordering score reports. Applicants whose language of post-secondary education was not English must in addition show evidence of English proficiency by earning a score of 90 or higher on Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). If the IELTS is used in place of the TOEFL, the minimum required score is 7