School of Interdisciplinary Studies Linguistics

Change of Degree Objective

A student who has current eligibility to register in a graduate degree program at Purdue and who wishes to be admitted into the Linguistics Program should submit a completed Request for Transfer of Department (G.S. Form 17) to the Graduate School. The student should also prepare a complete new application, but should submit it directly to Linguistics Program Graduate Office. It is not necessary to submit another application fee. The application should include a statement of intent indicating the specific area of Linguistics to be pursued, a current transcript, the name of the Purdue faculty member with whom the student has studied as a reference, and a writing sample. The student should refer to the information for new applicants concerning the nature and purpose of the writing sample which is outlined below.

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.

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