Admission to the graduate program is managed through the Department's Admissions Committee, which is appointed annually. Applications can be completed online via UC San Diego's Graduate Division. The Admissions Committee will only consider applications that are completed by the application deadline December 1 and that are in compliance with the Graduate Division's admissions policies and requirements and the Linguistics Department's further admissions requirements.
New students are admitted only for the Fall quarter of any academic year. Admission is competitive, and the program of study rigorous. Students with backgrounds other than linguistics may be admitted depending on the type of preparation and strength of the rest of the application.The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants based on their past academic performance. Important factors in the evaluation of an application include:
- the nature of the undergraduate course program that the student has undertaken, as evidenced by official transcripts from the undergraduate institution;
- statement of purpose (see here for department-specific guidelines);
- three letters of recommendation;
- scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) - only the general one is required
- demonstrated English language proficiency, as appropriate;
- an optional written sample of linguistic work.
All elements of the application are viewed and considered.
Online Applications: UCSD offers a web-based application with the intention of making our application process as easy and convenient as possible for you. To get started go to https://apply.grad.ucsd.edu/home.
Writing Samples: Writing samples and other supporting materials should be included in the online application.
Application Deadlines: Deadline for application is December 1. Admissions are always effective the following Fall quarter. We accept applications for the Fall quarter only.
GRE. We require the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for all applicants, regardless of the degree they hold. Official scores from ETS for the General GRE should be sent directly to the department. GRE scores are valid only if they are no more than five years old. For more information on the GRE, visit their Website at http://www.gre.org.
TOEFL for International Students. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for International applicants whose native language is not English and whose undergraduate education was conducted in a language other than English. Official test scores must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies. TOEFL scores are only valid if they are no more than two years old. The minimum TOEFL score required for consideration for admission is 80. For more information on the TOEFL, visit their Website at http://www.toefl.org. Your TOEFL requirement will be waived by the Grad Division if you have studied for one uninterrupted year at a university-level institution in a country where English is the official language.
The University of California, in compliance with Titles VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex disability or age in any of its policies, procedures, or practices; nor does the university discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, university programs and activities, including but not limited to, academic admissions, financial aid, educational services, and student employment.
Inquiries regarding the university's equal opportunity policies may be directed to the campus compliance coordinator, (858) 534-6861.