M.A. in Linguistics


  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate study, including evidence of having received a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. (Those applying during their final undergraduate year will be required to submit a final transcript after completion of their bachelor's degree and before enrolling in their first semester of graduate study.)
  • Official transcripts of all graduate study.
  • International applicants should review this page on how to submit their transcript(s).
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a four-point scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate study. (Occasionally, applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be admitted conditionally upon the recommendation of the department.)
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75.
  • A completed graduate school application form.
  • See below for instructions for describing Goals in ASL. Follow this link for instructions for describing Goals in English.
  • TOEFL is required from all international applicants from non-English speaking countries. (Use 5240 for the ETS institutional code)
  • Three letters of reference
  • If you are offered admission: The immunization laws for the District of Columbia require all students to provide proof of immunization prior to enrolling. Please visit the Student Health Services website for more information.

Additional Program Requirements

  • Written English sample – Submit a PDF version of a final course paper that is at least 10 pages long. A paper from a linguistics course or related field is preferred.
  • ASL sample. – Students will be given a short (3 ½ minute) video of an academic presentation given in ASL and asked to record themselves summarizing the presentation. The summary will be 90 seconds or less. Here is the link to the ASL Signing Sample Prompt.

To respond to goal statement question in ASL, follow this link to the ASL version of the goal statement questions for the Linguistics Department. 

First Date for Best Consideration of Application: January 15
Last Date for Completed Application: February 15, or until all possible slots are filled.

Direct YouTube Links:

ASL Signing Sample Prompt

Goal Statement Questions