School of Interdisciplinary Studies Linguistics

Application Procedures

To apply to the graduate program in Linguistics, submit an electronic application and the $60 (domestic)/$75 (international) nonrefundable application fee to Purdue University via a secured server. Application materials are uploaded to Slate (application system - link above): 
  1. You must upload to the online application transcripts and/or academic documents for every institution of higher education you attended.  If a transcript is not in English, you must upload an English translation certified by the college or university which it was issued.  This includes both the transcript and diploma. The uploaded transcripts and/or academic document must be from the official version of the document.  An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution.  All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial.  You will need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records at the request of the graduate program or if you are admitted and choose to enroll.  These materials must be sent to: Graduate Studies Office, Linguistics Program, Purdue University, Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education, Room 1289, 100 North University Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098. 

  2. at least 3 letters of recommendation (The Graduate School application through ApplyYourself allows for electronic submission of letters.  This is the preferred method for submission.  Electronic copies may also be sent to eschirme@purdue.edu).
  3. Statement of Purpose
  4. Writing Sample: A writing sample is required of all applicants to the graduate programs in Linguistics, both at the M.A. level and at the Ph.D. level.  Please submit electronically with your on-line application.
    1. Applications for graduate study in Linguistics at the M.A. level should include a course paper or other work that the student feels represents his/her general writing ability. It need not be on a topic from Linguistics.
    2. Applications for admissions to the Ph.D. program must include a writing sample relevant to Linguistics. This writing sample may be something written specifically for the application, a term paper for a previous course, or published work.
    3. The purpose of the writing sample for applicants to the M.A. program is to indicate the student's general writing ability. It need not be on a topic from Linguistics.
    4. The writing sample at the Ph.D. level should show the student's general writing ability and also that the student has a sufficient understanding of Linguistics to enter at the Ph.D. level rather than the M.A. level.
Items sent hard copy to the address above:
  1. If recommended for admission, originals of all prior transcripts (international students must include both the original language and English translations of the transcript AND diploma).
Items sent from ETS (No codes other than the Purdue University code are required.):
  1. GRE scores for all applicants
  2. TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores for international applicants

Domestic Applications

M.A. Program

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    • 3.4 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    • Required - Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical
  • Deadline for Applications:
    • Fall Entry: December 15

Ph.D. Program

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    • 3.4 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    • Not required but must be completed during the doctoral program with a 3.6 GPA or equivalent
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    • Required - Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical
  • Deadline for Applications:
    • Fall Entry: December 15

International Applications

M.A. Program

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    • 3.4 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    • Required - Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical
  • English test scores for Non-Native English Speakers:
    • Minimum Score Required: 620 or equivalent on computer-based test; 77 on internet-based test (iBT) for the TOEFL, or its equivalent on the IELTS or PTE.
    • Important: you must include your TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores in order to be considered for funding, so even if the application says it is not neccessary, send them anyway.
  • Deadline for Applications:
    • Fall Entry: December 15

Ph.D. Program

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    • 3.4 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    • Not required but must be completed during the doctoral program with a 3.6 GPA or equivalent
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    • Required - Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical
  • English test scores for Non-Native English Speakers:
    • Minimum Score Required: 620 or equivalent on computer-based test; 77 on internet-based test (iBT) TOEFL, or its equivalent on the IELTS or PTE.
    • Important: you must include your TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores in order to be considered for funding, so even if the application says it is not neccessary, send them anyway.
  • Deadline for Applications:
    • Fall Entry: December 15

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