Application Information

All applications to the graduate program must be made on-line. Applicants residing in New York State and can apply to the M.S. application 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, Sociolinguistic, and East Asian Languages and Linguistics 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. (check or money order made payable to the University at Buffalo)

All applicants must provide GRE scores. International applicants must also provide TOEFL scores; the minimum score set by the university for admission is 550 paper-based and 79 internet-based, but the Department of Linguistics normally prefers a score of 600 paper-based and 100 internet-based. 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 MA or the Ph.D. program. MA students interested in one of our MA specializations have two years of course work plus a comprehensive exam. The Ph.D. program consists of an MA phase and a Ph.D. phase. Advancement to the Ph.D. phase is conditional on satisfying a set of MA requirements and adequate performance in the MA phase. Students who are admitted to the Ph.D. phase but leave after satisfying the requirements of the MA phase will receive an MA degree. Students who decide to leave with an MA have the option of doing a set of comprehensive exams instead of the MA 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.