Linguistics Graduate Degree Program

Description

The graduate program of the UCSB Department of Linguistics focuses on the discovery of general, theoretically significant explanations for the range of linguistic structures that appear in the world's languages. Special attention is given to how language structures are shaped over time by cognition and use, and how these structures are in turn utilized for interactional, social, and cultural purposes, with a focus on the empirical analysis of language in its natural setting. Students are encouraged to gain breadth and depth in their understanding of language by becoming acquainted with a variety of structures in a wide range of languages. Such a perspective is essential to an appreciation of the deeper characteristics all languages share and the myriad ways they can differ. The Ph.D. program covers all the core areas of linguistics, with especially rich training and coursework in functional and typological linguistic theory, discourse, corpus linguistics, language and cognition, language documentation and revitalization, and sociocultural linguistics. The department has particular strength in languages of the Americas, Austronesia and New Guinea, the Caucasus, and the Himalayas, as well as varieties of English.

General Information

Website http://www.linguistics.ucsb.edu/
Address Department of Linguistics
University of California, Santa Barbara
South Hall 3432 (Student Services, Humanities South Admin Service Center)
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9580
(USA)
Phone (805) 893-7490
Email gradadvisor@linguistics.ucsb.edu
Degrees Offered MA/PhD, PhD
Requirements
  • Online application: https://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/eapp
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, and Resume or CV (submitted in the online application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online). Admitted students will be required to send official copies to the Graduate Division.
  • GRE General test scores
  • TOEFL scores 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band score of 7 or higher (only required if English is not the applicant's native language)
  • Writing Sample (submitted in the online application). Applicants should submit a copy of a substantive research paper that they have done in linguistics or a closely related field illustrating their ability to analyze language empirically. Writing samples should normally be approximately 10 to 30 pages in length. Theses, publications, and other longer works should be submitted in their entirety.
  • Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and to rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.
Deadlines Fall Only - December 1, 2017 (by 11:59 PM PST)
Emphases Applied Linguistics; Black Studies; Cognitive Science; Environment and Society; Feminist Studies; Global Studies; Information Technology and Society; Language, Interaction, and Social Organization; Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences; Translation Studies; Writing Studies (All Ph.D. only)
Specializations N/A
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      • Address
        • Department of Linguistics
          University of California, Santa Barbara
          South Hall 3432 (Student Services, Humanities South Admin Service Center) Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9580
          (USA)
      • Phone
        • (805) 893-7490
      • Degrees Offered
        • MA/PhD, PhD
      • Requirements
          • Online application: https://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/eapp
          • Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, and Resume or CV (submitted in the online application)
          • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
          • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online). Admitted students will be required to send official copies to the Graduate Division.
          • GRE General test scores
          • TOEFL scores 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band score of 7 or higher (only required if English is not the applicant's native language)
          • Writing Sample (submitted in the online application). Applicants should submit a copy of a substantive research paper that they have done in linguistics or a closely related field illustrating their ability to analyze language empirically. Writing samples should normally be approximately 10 to 30 pages in length. Theses, publications, and other longer works should be submitted in their entirety.
          • Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and to rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.
      • Pre-Application
        • No Pre-Application Necessary
      • Deadlines
        • Fall Only - December 1, 2017 (by 11:59 PM PST)
      • Emphases
        • Applied Linguistics; Black Studies; Cognitive Science; Environment and Society; Feminist Studies; Global Studies; Information Technology and Society; Language, Interaction, and Social Organization; Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences; Translation Studies; Writing Studies (All Ph.D. only)
      • Specializations
          N/A