Resources for PhD Students

Handbook and policies

In the PhD handbook is a description of the PhD program in linguistics, the requirements for completing the program, a list of the graduate courses and course descriptions, a timeline, two sample schedules and more.

PhD handbooks (PDFs)

Important policies

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.

Current courses

View our course catalog and currently offered courses below.


All of the following forms must be sent to department manager, regardless of where it says to send it on the form itself because the department must be involved in processing them.

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 QP1 defense, must be submitted 10 business days prior to the defense
  • Exam report form - used to document the result of your QP1 defense (and a pass brings you into PhD candidacy) 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
  • PhD statement of completion - used to confirm the successful completion of all degree requirements prior to your dissertation defense
  • Fullbright program verification form - used to verify your program progress and financial aid for Fullbright

Frequently asked questions

How can students stay updated on RA opportunities and faculty leaves?

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.

How many credits of research can I take?

You need 90 credits total to complete your degree. The required coursework, which can be found in the PhD handbook, adds up to 36 credits. So, the remaining 54 credits can be any combination of research credits, supervised teaching credits, independent studies, elective courses, etc.

Can I receive credit for my teaching assistantships?

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.

PhD students will not receive compensation for being a TA as it's a program requirement to TA twice and they're already provided a stipend and full tuition coverage. PhD students will be given priority over master's students when it comes to assigning TAs.

When do I register for a course with my advisor vs. with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)?

Courses you'd register for with your advisor as the instructor include LING 591 PhD Reading in Linguistics and LING PhD Research in Linguistics.

The only courses you'd register for with the DGS as the instructor, regardless of who your advisor is are placeholder courses including LING 997 Doctoral Dissertation and LING 999 Doctoral Dissertation.

More information on placeholder policies can be found in the policies section above.

If a student can't finish their PhD by the end of their 5th year, can they apply to be funded for a 6th year?

GEPA firmly only allows PhD stipend funding and tuition coverage for five years. After that period, the financial package expires and PhD students must cover their own expenses.

It's not common practice for the department to cover dissertation fees, and it's expected that students will seek external funding for any year past the fifth one.