Pictured above: Graduate student and Quechua instructor Alana DeLoge (far left) with her Study Abroad students in the Andes on the largest salt flat in the world. While there, Alana continued her research in the ethnolinguistic vitality of Quechua by observing both the state and indigenous medicine systems and documenting the language of health and healing.

Whether they end up working in academia or business, our graduates leave with the tools they need to accomplish their goals.

Some of our current students are investigating how people who speak different dialects of the same language make judgments about each others’ personality, intellect, or social status. Some are examining ways that people learn second languages, with an eye toward improving education and understanding how our brains process oral and written communication. Still others are working to improve the way computers are used to teach language skills. 

Our MA Program has been recognized as one of the best in the country, especially for students interested in teaching English as a second language. We have recently added exciting options in data science.

Our PhD students are working side-by-side with our faculty on highly specialized research into phonetics, African-American English, language contact, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, and sociolinguistics.

While our programs are demanding, the level of support you’ll receive from our faculty and your student colleagues is impressive—we pride ourselves on a spirit of cooperation and collaboration, and we limit the number of candidates each year to maintain a low student-faculty ratio.

MA Degrees

We offer a 2-year MA degree as well as a one-year Master's degree in TESOL. MA/PhD program is also available, which is a combined program designed for students entering with a BA with the intention of earning a PhD. 

PhD Degree

We admit students interested in working in the specialties of phonetics/phonology, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, Hispanic linguistics, and Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Our small program ensures highly individualized attention to each student.


The deadline for graduate applications is typically December 15 for admission the following September.

Financial Aid

A variety of teaching and research fellowships are available that can assist with financial aid

Graduate Resources

The Graduate Handbook is an invaluable tool for all incoming and prospective students. A variety of information can also be found on various sites highlighted here.