• Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #11 (ARWU) Beverly Hills, CA, United States
UCLA’s Linguistics Department began as an interdepartmental graduate M.A. program in 1960; a Ph.D. program was introduced in 1962, and a B.A. program in 1965. The department was established in 1966, and has flourished ever since; its doctoral program has consistently been ranked in national surveys as one of the top two or three programs in the country.
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  • The goal of the UCLA Linguistics Department’s program is to provide a basic education in the nature of human language and linguistic theory and to train graduate students as university teachers and as researchers in the major areas of linguistics.
  • The department has a strong theoretical orientation committed to research in formal linguistic theory, addressing questions in the fields of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics, and at the interfaces of these fields with the fields of psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics, computational linguistics, mathematical linguistics, historical linguistics, and the linguistic study of particular language areas (especially African languages and American Indian languages). A number of factors distinguish the UCLA linguistics department from other departments with similar emphases.


Accreditation indicates that UCLA meets high standards of quality, capacity, and effectiveness. UCLA is proud to have been accredited by WASC since March 6, 1949, and I am pleased to report that, having successfully completed a rigorous three-stage review process, UCLA has once again been reaccredited.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Phonological Theory I
  • Syntactic Theory I
  • Semantic Theory I
  • Language Change
  • Phonetic Theory
  • Experimental Phonetics
  • Speech Production
  • Speech Perception.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

The online application consists of the following:

  • A statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from each academic institution attended. 
  • A research paper in linguistics (or a related field)
  • UCLA’s fellowship application, found in online admissions application
  • Although not required, it also would be useful to include with your application an informal list of the courses you have taken in your desired field

Please note that the GRE is NOT required for admission to our program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31949 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31949 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    31949 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31949 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    16847 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16847 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Beverly Hills

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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