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Graduate Admissions

The department welcomes applications from those seeking a graduate program that allows students to craft individualized programs of study within broad guidelines and provides them with considerable flexibility in developing their research directions.

Through course work, dedicated faculty advising, and collaborative projects, our students learn how to approach significant theoretical questions using diverse empirical methodologies and detailed linguistic description. They are encouraged to undertake original research that spans subfields of linguistics or makes contact with neighboring disciplines.

The department receives approximately 150 applications for the Ph.D. program each year, from which, on average, 7 students are admitted. The department does not admit external applicants to the M.A. program.

The Stanford Department of Linguistics considers graduate admissions applications once a year.  The application opens in mid-September and the deadline to apply to the Ph.D. program is December 1, 2020 for study beginning in the 2021-22 academic year.  


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