Graduate Programs

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Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences: Ph.D., M.A., 4+1, Certificate


The Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science offers programs leading to the M.A. degree in linguistics and cognitive science and the Ph.D. in linguistics. In addition, the department offers the option of a combined B.S./M.A. in cognitive science/linguistics and cognitive science (this is not an option for speech pathology) and a combined B.A./M.A. in linguistics/linguistics and cognitive science. The M.A. in linguistics and cognitive science is a flexible degree, allowing students to design programs of study in areas of theoretical linguistics, cognitive science and applied linguistics, including teaching English as a second language. Areas for Ph.D. specialization include theoretical linguistics (syntax, semantics, phonology, morphology), psycholinguistics (first and second language acquisition, language processing, neurolinguistics), endangered and under-described languages (linguistic field methods, language typology, language documentation) and applied linguistics. A certificate in cognitive science is also available.

Current UD undergraduate students can be considered for admission to the 4+1 B.A. in linguistics/M.A. in linguistics and cognitive science or the 4+1 B.S. in cognitive science/M.A. in linguistics and cognitive science.


Application Deadlines


January 1: To be considered for departmental funding
May 25: Final deadline to apply


November 15: Final deadline to apply

*International applicants are not eligible to obtain a U.S student visa solely with an acceptance to a UD Graduate Certificate program. Certificates may be added by full-time matriculated graduate students.

UD Tuition

The 2023-2024 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1028.