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Graduate Linguistics Program

The department of Linguistics at the University at Buffalo offers a Ph.D. in Linguistics as well as MAs in General Linguistics, Germanic Linguistics, and Sociolinguistics, and an interdisciplinary MS in Computational Linguistics (in collaboration with Computer Sciences and Engineering). The Ph.D. application deadline is December 15th of the year before Fall enrollment to be considered for financial support. Otherwise, the Ph.D. and M.A. deadline for domestic applicants is April 1st and the application deadline for all international applicants is March 1st. Typically, only Ph.D. applicants are considered for department support.

Our graduate program training focuses on breadth and empirical/experimental methodologies. Students receive training in traditional disciplines such as syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonetics, and phonology, but they receive substantial training in other areas, such as language typology, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, and historical and contact linguistics. All our students are required to take at least two semesters of Methods classes that include courses in Field Methods, Quantitative Methods and Statistics, Corpus Linguistics and Computational Linguistics. Our students are also encouraged to explore interdisciplinary research within the Center for Cognitive Science, and many of our students receive extensive training in Cognitive Science through collaborations with the Psychology or Computer Science department.

In recent years the number of graduate students in the department has stood at approximately sixty. About half of the graduate student population is made up of domestic students, with the other half coming primarily from Asia but also from Latin America, Africa, and Europe. This large and variegated student body makes for a lively cross-cultural exchange both inside and outside the classroom.

Information about policies and requirements can be found in the Graduate Handbook. See also the  learning outcomes document for the graduate program.

For specific information and assistance regarding graduate admission to the Linguistics Department, please contact Dr. Jean-Pierre Koenig, Chair, or Dr. Jürgen Bohnemeyer, Director of Graduate Admissions.

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