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Linguistics (M.A., Ph.D.)

Important: Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation are required of all applicants. 


Read the Application Instructions​ page for full details.

See the test score requirements for this program.

Below are specific requirements also needed for this program:

  • Résumé

  • Writing Sample:

    • This sample can be a term paper, an MA thesis, a research proposal, or any other work of your choosing that shows the ability to conduct substantive research.

  • A Statement of purpose is required: 

    • This statement should describe your plans for research in graduate school and how these fit into your future profession. Include any information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and qualifications for graduate study at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Recommended length: 2-3 pages.

  • A Personal History Statement is also required:

    • This statement should discuss how your personal background has informed your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or, how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree. Recommended length: 2-3 pages.


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