Linguistics (PhD)

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Program Description

The PhD program in Linguistics is for students interested in a career in research. Students receive a solid training in the fundamentals of phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, neurolinguistics, language acquisition, and computational linguistics (see faculty groupings and links to personal pages below). Subsequently, students attend advanced courses and engage in creative research, presented in two qualifying papers and a dissertation. The program has a foreign language requirement.

All students have the opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant for one or more undergraduate courses, and are strongly encouraged to do so, though this is not a requirement of the program.

Our department does not offer any courses in applied linguistics. For such courses at NYU, please contact the TESOL Program at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Students may only enroll in the Fall semester.


All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit the general application requirements, which include:

See Linguistics for admissions requirements and instructions specific to this program.