Application Information

How to Apply

The Rutgers Linguistics Department invites applications from qualified candidates interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Linguistics.  The Department does not admit students for a Master's degree.


GRE scores are not taken into account when reviewing applications.

In order to be considered for admission, TOEFL/IELTS scores if English is not their native language, three letters of recommendation from people familiar with their work, a statement of purpose, two copies of official grade records and an application fee.  See the Rutgers Graduate Admissions Home Page for details.  They are also strongly encouraged to send a writing sample in support of their application.  This could be a copy of a master’s thesis, a term paper, a research report or even a challenging assignment report.  A writing sample in a field related to linguistics would be acceptable if it demonstrates an ability to pursue serious scholarly inquiry.


The application may be filed electronically at: Rutgers Graduate Admissions Home Page.  Application forms can be downloaded from the website or be mailed upon request from our department administrator.  Supplementary material should also be sent to the Graduate School.


The deadline for application is January 1  for admission in the Fall semester of that year but we continue to accept applications until all seats are filled. Students are not admitted in the Spring semester.  Note that the Presidential Fellowship described on the financial support page has the same deadline of January 1.

Financial Aid

The department is committed to the financial support of its graduate students, and offers of admission normally include 5 years of support, assuming that the student remains in good academic standing. Financial support comes in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships and graduate assistantships. For more information see financial support.

Graduate Student Living and Housing

Graduate Students are able to find housing with transportation to the university in a wide range of places. The Department of Linguistics at Rutgers University is located in the city of New Brunswick. It is also in close proximity to major metropolitan cities such as New York City and Philadelphia, as well as other locations such as Princeton.

Further Questions

If you have other questions, please feel free to write, call, or email any faculty member. 
Further information for prospective students at Rutgers - New Brunswick can be found here.

Departmental contact info 

Phone: 848-932-0477        
FAX:   732-932-1370 
Email: dept (at)

Please see our Contact Us page to contact the current Graduate Program Director