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Applications to the Ph.D. programs in Linguistics may only be submitted electronically. The deadline of application for Fall admission is December 1.

In addition to the online application form, applicants must also provide the following material on a form that can be uploaded to the application.

  • Résumé or Vita (upload to online application)
  • A statement of purpose, outlining your educational and career goals. This very important part of your application helps the faculty to decide whether our program is appropriate for you. In the statement, you should explain why you want to study linguistics and what you intend to do with the knowledge you would gain from studying here. You should also note any special circumstances concerning your application, your prior training or experience, and anything else you wish the faculty to take into account in evaluating your application. (upload to online application)
  • A writing sample on a linguistically related topic is ideal, but one that showcases your general academic abilities in logic reasoning and argumentation is also welcome. (upload to online application -under other/additional documents)
  • Transcripts from the baccalaureate granting institution, and any transcripts from institutions attended post-baccalaureate. If your transcript was issued in a language other than English, a certified translation in English should be attached to each official copy. (upload to online application)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. If possible, these people should include faculty members who have supervised your earlier work. You will need to provide the names, titles, and contact information of the individuals you are requesting recommendations from on the online application . If the person recommending you is unable to complete the LOR online they can send a hardcopy directly to the department at .
  • Non-native speakers of English must meet English proficiency requirements as described here
  • Due to the challenges in-person English testing presented during the pandemic, the online Duolingo English test may temporarily be considered as a form of alternative documentation of English proficiency, as determined by KU’s Applied English Center, the Executive Council of Graduate Faculty and the Vice Provost of Graduate Studies. Students who take the Duolingo exam must obtain a minimum score of 115 on the exam, and should work with the department to which they have applied to submit their Duolingo score to Graduate Admissions for consideration as alternative documentation of English proficiency. Applicants are highly encouraged to take the practice test, as the Duolingo test is somewhat different from other English proficiency exams. Test takers should ask that their results be made visible on KU’s Duolingo dashboard.

    Note to all applicants: We must receive all mandatory materials for your application to be considered for admissions. In particular, we cannot offer any admission status, conditional or otherwise. Requests to waive admission requirements are routinely not granted and will slow down the process of your application. Consult the online application checklist for updates on the status of your application.

    The deadline of application for Fall admission is December 1. We do not offer Spring admission. Complete applications are reviewed in January and admission decisions are typically communicated in February. Consult the online application checklist for updates on the status of your application.


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