Prospective graduate students

To apply to the MA Program in Linguistics, you must apply online. Although admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, we urge you to apply at least three months before the start of the term in which you would like to begin your studies.

The requirements for admission to the MA program in Linguistics include:

1) an undergraduate degree from an accredited university;

2) a strong academic record, especially in fields relevant to linguistics;

3) at least one year of foreign language study;

4) at least one course in linguistics (this can be waived under certain circumstances);

5) one-page “Statement of Purpose" explaining what has led you to the study of linguistics, what about human language interests you, and what you would like to do upon completion of this degree;

6) for foreign applicants, TOEFL scores (or scores from an acceptable alternate) from a test taken within the last two years.

For a detailed checklist of admission requirements to the University, read Admissions Requirements on the Graduate Admissions website.

GRE scores and recommendation letters are not required; however, if you have them and would like to submit them, you may do so. Writing samples are not required.

If you have any questions about the application process or about the degree program in linguistics at WSU, contact the prospective student coordinator, Dr. Natalia Rakhlin,, or Prof. Ljiljana Progovac, graduate director,

AGRADE students

The Linguistics Program participates in the University-wide AGRADE program that allows undergraduate students with a higher GPA to apply up to 16 of their undergraduate credits towards a Linguistics MA degree. AGRADE students are able to transition to Linguistics MA program without submitting a statement of purpose, although other graduate application requirements must be met. More information on AGRADE is available here. Contact Prof. Ljiljana Progovac ( for further information.

Prospective undergraduate majors and minors

Any undergraduate student may elect a major or minor in linguistics. You should make an appointment with undergraduate student advisor Corinne Forys through to schedule an initial meeting to discuss your plans. 



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