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We welcome your application to our department, and hope you can join our community of scholars. All applications must be made on-line.



    Applicants residing in New York State and can apply to the fee waiver option here, provided that they have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and meet the admissions deadlines.

    – To apply to Linguistics M.A. and Ph.D. programs, including the Germanic and Sociolinguistic MA degrees click here.
    – To apply to the Computational Linguistics Masters in Natural Sciences click here.

    To be considered for admission to the graduate program, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and have an academic record that suggests the applicant can successfully complete graduate work in linguistics. In determining qualifications for admission: attention is paid to academic achievements, potential for research, and intellectual interest as indicated by the statement of purpose, transcripts of past academic work, and letters of recommendation.

    The application Fee is $75 U.S. (payable online or by check or money order made payable to the University at Buffalo).

    All applicants are required to take the GRE exam; all international applicants must also provide TOEFL or IELTS scores. To be considered for Ph.D. admission, our Admissions Committee prefers a combined quantitative and verbal GRE score of at least 313 and an analytical writing score of at least 4.0 and to be considered for M.A. admission, our Admissions Committee prefers a combined quantitative and verbal GRE score of at least 300 and an analytical writing score of at least 3.0. However, in exceptional cases, evidence from other parts of the dossier can compensate for lower GRE scores. The minimum TOEFL score set by the university for admission is 550 paper-based, 79 internet-based or 6.5 IELTS, but the Department of Linguistics prefers a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based, 100 internet-based or an IELTS score of at least 7.5. The TOEFL or IELTS test must be taken within 2 years of the date you plan to enroll at UB; this 2-year limit is waived for those who are currently studying at a U.S. university providing the minimum score of 79 iBT, 6.5 IELTS (with no sub-score below 6.0) was obtained when admitted to the U.S. university and the applicant has a copy of the original score sheet which must be attached to the online application. The deadline to submit applications for admission is April 1st for U.S. Citizens and March 1st for international applicants; earlier submission is strongly recommended. Ph.D. applications for those wishing to be considered for fellowships and graduate assistantships must be received by December 15th.

    Admission is to either the M.A., M.S. or the Ph.D. program. Masters students interested in one of our specializations have up to four years to compete their course work plus a comprehensive exam, but most students are able to complete a Masters program within two years. The Ph.D. program consists of an M.A. phase and a Ph.D. phase. Advancement to the Ph.D. phase is conditional on satisfying a set of M.A. requirements and adequate performance in the M.A. phase. Students who are admitted to the Ph.D. phase but leave after satisfying the requirements of the M.A. phase will receive an M.A. degree. Students who decide to leave with an M.A. have the option of doing a set of comprehensive exams instead of the M.A. project/qualifying paper.

    Linguistics MA degrees from other institutions are not equivalent to an MA at Buffalo. However, applicants with graduate courses in linguistics from another institution can apply for transfer credit. All requirements of the MA phase at Buffalo must be completed before advancing to the Ph.D. phase. Students can obtain transfer credit up to 36 credit hours, substantially reducing the amount of required course work.

    Information about tuition and fees can be found here.