Resources for Master's Students
Handbook and policies
In the master's handbook is a description of our three master's program in linguistics, the requirements for completing the programs, a list of the graduate courses and course descriptions, a timeline, and more.
Master's handbook (PDF)
- GEPA policies & regulations
- Graduate bulletin: house rules and regulations that govern graduate students at the University of Rochester
- Placeholder and full-time status policies
- More to come...
Guidance and timelines
The PhD program in linguistics is a rigorous program with many requirements and deadlines to keep track of. The following resources will help guide you through your program.
- GEPA website
- Program planning worksheets
- Master's thesis/essay and presentations
- Open Research and Contributor ID (ORCID)
- More to come...
View our course catalog and currently offered courses below.
- 2023-24 course catalog
- Fall term schedule (graduate courses only)
- Spring term schedule (graduate courses only)
- Historical graduate course offerings
- Graduate add/drop/swap form - used to add, drop, or swap graduate-level courses before the deadline of each semester. (not always needed if before online registration closes)
- Primary advisor change request form - used to request a new primary advisor
- Research internship approval form - used to approve research internships
- Petition for time-to-degree extension - used to request an extension on the timeframe for completing your degree
- ISO completion date change form - used to apply for an I20 extension or report a shortened completion date for F1 and J1 students
- Parental leave request form - used to apply for a parental leave (up to eight weeks), must be submitted 60 days in advance
- Time conflict resolution form - used to gain permission from two instructors to enroll in both courses if they occur at the same time
- Payment information form (for one person) - used to pay both US citizens and nonresident alien research participants by either EFT to a foreign bank or ACH to a US bank
- Payment information form (for large groups) - used to pay a large number of nonresident alien research participants by EFT to a foreign bank
- Compensation plan - used to determine the best way to pay participants for an upcoming round of research
There are other important forms not listed here because they must be filled out by the department, some of which will take place automatically (anything to do with your program progress), and others which you must request be filled out on your behalf (for example, leave requests) These include but are not limited to:
- F1 student employment verification letter - used to prove your student employment so you can apply for a SSN
- Check form - clears a student for degree conferral, pending the completion of the final requirements
- Exam appointment form - used to schedule your Plan A thesis defense, must be submitted 10 business days prior to the defense (not applicable to Plan B students)
- Exam report form - used to document the result of your thesis defense/essay presentation (must be within a week of the defense)
- Program of study - used to document and verify the courses and research credits used to satisfy your degree requirements
- Incomplete contract - creates an agreement between. graduate student and an instructor regarding the work that must be completed to change an I grade
- Fullbright program verification form - used to verify your program progress and financial aid for Fullbright
Frequently asked questions
If you're a Plan A student (thesis), you must take between six and ten credits of research, independent study, and/or internship. If you're a Plan B student (non-thesis), the maximum number of credits of research, independent study, and/or internship is six.
The department activity report is published prior to each semester, and it showcases current research going on in the department, potential opportunities to be involved in research, and advance notice of faculty leaves for planning advisor coverage.
The Department of Linguistics offers two general paths of study. Plan A is a research track for students who come with prior coursework in linguistics and a research project in mind, in which they develop a thesis. Plan B is focused on providing students with a background in contemporary linguistics and linguistic subfields through coursework and a final Master’s Essay. Both Plan A and Plan B students must present their thesis/essay in their final semester. There is the option to instead take an exam (for Plan B students only), but it's uncommon and must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies well in advance.
Yes, to receive credit for a teaching assistantship, you must register for LING 590 Supervised Teaching with the instructor you're a TA for. If a section doesn't exist for the instructor you need, email the department manager who can create a section for you to register for.
This is a good way to maintain full-time status if you happen to be one credit short of nine in a given semester. TAships are not gauranteed to master's students because it's a requirement for PhD students, which means they get priority.