New students are admitted to the doctoral program once each year to begin in the Fall term. Application materials for all potential students must be submitted no later than December 1. The materials that students submit to Rackham are final. The Department of Linguistics will not add, switch, or modify application materials.
Application materials must include:
- Completed Rackham School of Graduate Studies application
- Statement of Purpose
- Personal Statement
- Official transcripts of previous study
- Three letters of recommendation
- Sample of written work
- English Proficiency Exam Important: The Department of Linguistics test score requirements differ significantly from Rackham’s.
Information about the process of submitting an application is available from Rackham Graduate School Admissions. Look for the "University of Michigan-Ann Arbor" link under campus applications; applications open by the third week of September.
- Frequently asked questions about graduate admissions
- For questions about the application process, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please do not share application materials or private personal documents through email.
Students in the graduate program are offered a funding package for up to five years of support. The financial package includes stipend, tuition remission, and health insurance.
Additional Details on Financial Assistance
Dual PhD Program for PhD Students from other Departments
The Individual-Initiated Doctoral Program (IIDP) is available to students who are already enrolled as PhD students in other programs at the University of Michigan and would like to simultaneously pursue a doctoral degree in Linguistics as well.
The Linguistics Department IIDP Application Process is specified here.