Graduate Program

PhD in Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics invites applications from students interested in pursuing a fully-funded joint PhD program in Linguistics focusing on cross-disciplinary training and collaboration. Students will have a primary focus in Linguistics, with secondary focus in another department in Arts, Sciences & Engineering.

The faculty in the Department of Linguistics are grounded in the traditional fields of formal linguistics, employing empirical methodologies to examine data and topics in experimental syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonetics, laboratory phonology, and morphology in collaboration with researchers in allied fields. Our work incorporates contemporary issues and practices in language documentation, corpus linguistics, dialect variation and sociolinguistics.

Linguistics is a core member of Rochester's Center for Language Sciences, which also includes researchers in Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Computer Science, Philosophy, and related departments, such as Biomedical Engineering and departments at the Eastman School of Music.  At Rochester, cross disciplinary collaborative work is the norm.

Allied fields and requirements

Our PhD students pursue cross-disciplinary research and degrees. They'll have a primary appointment and focus in Linguistics, with a secondary affiliation in an allied department chosen at the time of acceptance into the program. They are required to meet requirements in both departments, according to the requirements of Linguistics and the allied departments in discussion with Linguistics. For information on an allied field requirements please contact Jeff Runner .

Please see our Apply page for more information on our application process.  Applications received by JANUARY 15, 2017 will receive fullest consideration. For further information, please contact jeffrey.runner@rochester.edu.

The PhD Handbook in Linguistics

A description of the PhD program, the requirements for the progam,  a list of the graduate courses and course descriptions, a timeline, and two sample schedules are found in the downloadable The PhD Handbook in Linguistics. If you have troble downloading this document or have any further questions, please contact jeffrey.runner@rochester.edu or joyce.mcdonough@rochester.edu.

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