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Graduate Degree in Linguistics: Admissions Requirements

Applications, with supporting materials, must be submitted online through the Office of Graduate Studies by January 15.

We accept applications to our Ph.D. and M.A. programs in Linguistics. As of 2015, we no longer have an M.A. program in TESOL.

We require: all transcripts, three letters of recommendation (preferably from instructors), general GRE scores, a writing sample (for the Ph.D. program), such as a term paper or an academic essay, a statement of purpose, and a personal history statement. 

UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended. You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application. 

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International applicants must submit scores from an approved test of English as a foreign language, unless  their native language language or language of instruction is English. One of the following minimum scores is required: 

  • 100 on the TOEFL iBT
  • 7 on the IELTS (overall band score)
  • 250 on the TOEFL computer-based test
  • 600 on the TOEFL paper test

You must have ETS report your GRE scores electronically. Specify the UC Davis institution code 4834 and the Linguistics program code 2903. For the TOEFL use the program code 04.

To be eligible for all funding opportunities, applicants must report general GRE scores and file a FAFSA and a fellowship application available from the Office of Graduate Studies website.

Because of the increased costs associated with supporting international students, the Graduate Group in Linguistics encourages international applicants to apply for independent funding before submitting an application. Note that funding alone does not guarantee admission. Please consider these facts carefully before you commit to the application process.

For more information, contact Cat Huff, Graduate Coordinator (