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The Department of Linguistics accepts applications for its MA/Ph.D. program for admission in the Fall semester each year. We do not offer Spring admission. The application is an online process. Please examine the information on this page in detail for instructions on how to apply.  For further information see our FAQ page or contact


All admissions are for the Fall semester. We do not accept new students for the Summer or Spring terms. We have two application deadlines: December 1 for those who wish to be considered for funding and April 1 for those who are not requesting funding. Incomplete applications can be considered but are at a significant disadvantage. Due to the volume of applications that we receive, we are not always able to contact applicants regarding missing materials. We encourage you to double check your application and communicate with the graduate coordinator about any missing materials.

Due to current admission examination testing difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Linguistics Department and the UF Graduate School are waiving the GRE requirement for applicants seeking Fall 2021 admission. GRE scores are not required for Fall 2021 applications.

Admissions Timeline

December 1. First application deadline. All complete applications received by this deadline will be considered for admission with financial aid.

December 1-February 15. Admissions decisions made.

Late February to late March. Admissions decisions will be sent starting the beginning of March along with funding offers. We encourage accepted students to visit the department during this time. Please contact the graduate coordinator to arrange a visit. We will arrange opportunities for you to attend classes, meet with professors, and have a meal with current graduate students.

April 15. Deadline for applicants offered admission in the December 1 round to notify the department of their intentions. Early notification is welcome.

April 1. Second application deadline. All complete applications received by this deadline will be considered for admission without financial aid.

Late April. Notification of admissions decisions for the April 1 deadline will be sent beginning in late April.

June 1. Deadline for applicants offered admission in the April 1 round to notify the department of their intentions.

Admissions Criteria

We use a variety of criteria in determining which applicants will be most successful in our program. These include but are not limited to: GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores, undergraduate and graduate academic records and prior preparation, letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and the applicant’s statement of purpose. We also consider how well the applicant’s interests match faculty expertise and departmental emphases. Given this highly competitive admission process, not being admitted to our graduate program is not necessarily a statement about the applicant’s academic potential.

The University of Florida has minimum English language proficiency requirements for international applicants, including a 550 minimum on the TOEFL (80 internet-based TOEFL) or 6 on IETLS.  Linguistics does not waive this requirement, regardless of educational background.  We do not waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement for international applicants unless the applicant can demonstrate near native proficiency or is a citizen of a country where English is an official language.

The University of Florida offers ELI Conditional Admission for exceptional applicants who meet academic requirements but need English language instruction at UF’s English Language Institute (ELI) prior to beginning graduate study. The application process and admissions criteria are the same for Conditional Admission and regular admission. We do not offer a different application process for conditional admission. We do not grant conditional admission without a full application. If you are granted ELI Conditional Admission, the department will provide a letter of admission, which outlines the Graduate School’s requirements for meeting the English Language minimum requirement, as well as any additional conditions that the Linguistics program requires prior to matriculation the following year.

Applicants for the Linguistics graduate program are expected to have at least a minimum familiarity with the field, equivalent to an Introduction to Linguistics course (UF’s LIN 3010) and introductory courses in phonetics/phonology (UF’s LIN 3201) and morphology/syntax (UF’s LIN 3460). For students interested in graduate work but lacking the necessary academic background, postbaccalaureate coursework to gain the necessary preparation is possible. Information on postbaccalaureate study is available here.  The application process for postbac study is described here. Acceptance into the postbac program does not imply admission to the graduate program and successful completion of the required courses is not a guarantee of admission to the graduate program.

Application Process

As you follow the UF graduate school application instructions to prepare your application to the University of Florida Linguistics Department, almost all of your application materials can be submitted electronically. Begin with the online applicationYour application should include

Online Application

  • Statement of Purpose
    This is a statement of your academic preparation and future plans. Indicate your interests and what area(s) of linguistics you intend to focus on in your studies and research. Also, indicate why you believe the UF Linguistics Department is a good match for you. Be as specific as you can. The text box in the online application accommodates one-and-a-half pages of single-spaced text, so please be mindful of the space remaining in the character counter. The essay cannot exceed the space available in the text box.
  • Transcripts (in English and in the original language)
    Under Transcripts, upload official transcripts from each post secondary institution you have attended. If you are unable to upload transcripts to the online application, please send official copies to the Linguistics Department at the address below.
  • Resumé (optional)
    Under Resumé/Other, use the Upload Resumé button to upload a copy of your CV or resumé.
  • Writing sample
    If you are applying for the PhD, please upload a representative writing sample as a supplementary document with the Upload Other button under Transcripts/Other. Please limit your writing sample to 20 pages.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    You should request three letters of recommendation from people who can comment on your intellectual promise and skills that would make you a good researcher and graduate student. If possible, submit at least one letter from someone who has direct academic experience with you. Please have recommendations submitted electronically through the online application system. If your referees are unable to submit their letters of recommendation electronically, they may be mailed to the Linguistics Department at the address below. In this case, please have your referees fill out the letter of recommendation form and attach it to their letter of recommendation.
  • Assistantship/Fellowship application
    If you are applying for financial support, please complete the following Assistantship/Fellowship application and upload it as Supporting Documentation under Special Programs Info in the application.

If the material above cannot be uploaded online, it may be emailed to or it can be sent via regular mail directly to the department at this address:

Linguistics Department
Attention: Graduate Admissions

4131 Turlington Hall
PO Box 115454
Gainesville, FL 32611-5454

Mailed Elements

In addition to the online application, some elements must be sent as a hard copy directly to the UF Office of Admissions at the address below (NOT to the department):

UF Office of Admissions
201 Criser Hall
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

These materials include the following:

  • GRE scores
    Have ETS send your official GRE scores to the University of Florida. The institution code for the University of Florida is 5812. The GRE is required and is one factor among many considered in an application; however, there is no minimum GRE score required for applying to the program.
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores
    International applicants must submit TOEFL or other approved scores demonstrating English proficiency. Minimum requirements are described at the UF Graduate School website here. The ETS institution code for the University of Florida is 5812. We do not waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement for international applicants unless the applicant can demonstrate near native proficiency or is a citizen of a country where English is an official language.
  • Official transcripts
    Mail official transcripts from each post secondary institution you have attended to the UF Office of Admissions. These must be received to complete your application.
  • Degrees from foreign universities
    If you have a degree from a foreign university, you must send the admissions office a copy of your degree certificate (diploma) in both the original language and an English translation.

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