Ph.D. in Linguistics

Overview

Dr. Debbie Chen Pichler, Graduate Program Coordinator
Sorenson Language and Communication Center, Room 3218

Gallaudet's Ph.D. program in linguistics, with a focus on ASL and other signed languages, gives students the opportunity to specialize in a range of theoretical and applied areas related to signed languages, including phonology, syntax, morphology, cognitive linguistics, sociolinguistics, first and second language acquisition, applied and engaged linguistics, multimodality, and language documentation.

Students who enter the Ph.D. program in linguistics with an M.A. in linguistics from Gallaudet University are required to earn an additional 33 credits to complete the Ph.D. in linguistics, followed by dissertation proposal development and dissertation research among other program requirements.

Students who have earned an M.A. degree from another program or university are also eligible for admission to the Ph.D. program in linguistics. These students are required to earn 59 credits to complete the LIN Ph.D., followed by dissertation proposal development and dissertation research among other program requirements. Although these students are not typically awarded an incidental M.A. on the way to the Ph.D. degree, this option is available upon successful completion of the entire MA in linguistics program of study, which includes 5 additional (3-credit) elective courses.

Admissions

Admissions Procedures

Ph.D. application requirements for GU M.A. Linguistics students/graduates:

  1. Letter of interest in which the student describes their topic of interest for dissertation research and identifies a faculty member who will serve as dissertation advisor. The student should meet with and get agreement from this faculty member to discuss research plans before listing them as a potential dissertation advisor.
  2. CV listing academic background and relevant extra-curricular activities such as participation in linguistics conferences, involvement in student or faculty research projects, linguistics teaching, and receipt of any awards or research.
  3. Graduate-level paper, in either ASL or English (25-45 minutes ASL or 10-20-page English) of the student's work. This should be a paper from a previous linguistics course, including academic citations and references. The paper should be the final version submitted in class for a grade; no revisions are necessary.
  4. LIN Ph.D. entrance exam
  5. Successful completion of the GU M.A. Linguistics program
  6. Official transcripts of all graduate study

Ph.D. application requirements for applicants not in or graduated from the GU M.A. Linguistics program:

  1. Letter of interest in which the applicant describes their topic of interest for dissertation research and identifies a faculty member who will serve as dissertation advisor. The applicant should meet with and get agreement from this faculty member to discuss research plans before listing them as a potential dissertation advisor.
  2. CV listing academic background and relevant extra-curricular activities such as participation in linguistics conferences, involvement in student or faculty research projects, linguistics teaching, and receipt of any awards or research.
  3. Successful completion of an M.A. degree
  4. Graduate-level paper in English - A 10-20-page graduate-level (English) writing sample of the student's work. This should be a paper from a previous linguistics course, or published paper that includes academic citations and references. The paper should be the final version submitted in class for a grade; no revisions are necessary.
  5. Official transcripts of all graduate study
  6. 3 letters of recommendation
  7. Goal Statements in ASL (https://youtu.be/pntB6omta7Y)
  8. Graduate-level paper in ASL - this may be a paper from a previous linguistics course or a published graduate-level ASL video, including academic citations and references. The paper should be the final version submitted in class for a grade; no revisions are necessary. In the case of no graduate-level paper in ASL, the applicant may submit an ASL sample by following the instructions at: https://youtu.be/ygEHREI2jPU

DEADLINE DATE
First Date for Best Consideration of Application: January 15
Last Date for Completed Application: April 15 if final deadline or until all positions are filled


Program Specific Requirements

Successful completion of the Gallaudet M.A. in Linguistics
Ph.D. Application Portfolio