Linguistics: PhD

* A master's degree is only attainable as part of the doctoral program, not as a standalone master's degree.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in linguistics is individually tailored to the needs and professional goals of the student. The program combines a foundation in functional/usage-based linguistic theory with a strong preparation in empirical research methods, both in the laboratory as well as in field settings.

We have particular strengths in descriptive linguistics and language revitalization, historical/typological/areal linguistics, first and second language acquisition, second language teaching, laboratory phonology and phonetics, gesture studies, sociolinguistics and corpus linguistics. The program draws strong interdisciplinary support from related fields on the University campus including East Asian and Romance linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience, Anthropology, and Computer Science.

Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website. The following are required for your application:

Program-Specific Application Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose


  • GRE (UO Institution Code: 4846)


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
College of Arts and Sciences
Campus: Eugene
Fall Term:
Final Deadline - December 1