Admission is Competitive

The Linguistics graduate program only admits students planning to study for the Ph.D. degree on a full-time basis. We seek excellent students whose interests are related to the existing strengths of the department. We generally admit only four or five students per year. If you are accepted, you will receive an official statement of acceptance and fellowship offer.

Please Note, We Do Not Admit:

  • students to work solely on an M.A.
  • part-time students
  • students to begin study in the spring semester

We accept students who have a B.A. (or equivalent), as well as students with advanced degrees in Linguistics (M.A. or equivalent).

If you are applying as a student with a B.A., your preparation should ideally include language study, course work in Linguistics, and/or classes in related disciplines (such as anthropology, applied linguistics, speech and hearing sciences, psychology, sociology, or particular languages).

A Master's degree may be earned during progress to the Ph.D. degree.

We Value Diversity

Current doctoral students are researching a variety of topics, and come from numerous countries and language backgrounds. We presently have students from the U.S., Germany, Israel, Japan, Peru, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, Australia, and Hungary. Such diversity among students enhances the intellectual and interpersonal climate of the program.

Rice University is committed to affirmative action and equal opportunity in education and employment. Rice does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.

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