General admissions information, instructions about applying, and the online application for admission can be accessed by visiting the Graduate Admission web site.
The Ph. D. program application deadline is:
In view of competition for top Fellowships, the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences has set December 1st as the priority deadline for receipt of applications. However, applications may be submitted after that date. Please ensure that supporting materials are received as quickly as may be feasible. If December 1st falls on a weekend, the application and materials will be due by the following Monday.
The Linguistics Department strongly urges interested applicants to contact the department by email at email@example.com.
Applicants for admission to the graduate program are expected to have a bachelor's degree in Linguistics or other appropriate field, and knowledge of at least one foreign language. At the least, applicants are expected to have completed an introductory course in general linguistics. The Department of Linguistics accepts applications for admission to the fall term only.
How to Apply
To apply, prospective students must first complete the USC online graduate application. In addition to the standard information required by the University, applicants must upload all supporting documents to this online system.
After completing the online graduate application, applicants must also send certain materials to USC Office of Admission (see below)t. All applicants are required to completed the following:
The following applications materials must be uploaded and submitted through the on-line web application system :
- USC Graduate Admissions online web application.
- $85 USD application processing fee (pay on-line).
- Statement of Purpose with specific information about interests and goals.
This can be uploaded into the on-line application system.
- Curriculum Vitae/Resume
- Three (3) letters of recommendation from academic sources. Recommenders must submit their recommendations through the on-line system. Hard copy letters will not be accepted.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
- TOEFL scores (required for international students from non-English speaking countries)
- Copy of unofficial academic transcripts from each institution attended.
(International students must include all your transcripts, degrees, and diplomas in both their original language and in English translation.)
- One research paper written or translated in English.
The following must be submitted by mail to the USC Office of Admissions:
- GRE Scores (Graduate Record Examination)
GRE scores are valid for five years.
ETS School Code: 4852, ETS Department Code: 2903
- TOEFL scores (required for international students from non-English speaking countries).
TOEFL scores are valid for two years.
ETS School Code: 4852, ETS Department Code: 2903
- Official Academic Transcripts from each institution attended. (International students: please submit transcripts, degrees, and diplomas in both their original language and in English translation.)
Items sent via regular mail, should be
addressed to:USC Office of Admission
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
Any materials sent via Fed Ex, DHL orUSC Office of Admission
other express mail services must be
3601 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0911
The Linguistics department has traditionally been able to support most of its students on an ongoing basis through merit fellowships and teaching assistantships.
USC Dornsife Fellowships
Outstanding applicants are considered for the USC Dornsife Doctoral Fellowships, which emphasizes training for the professoriate and is the highest award offered to Ph.D. students in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. These fellowships offer incoming students five years of financial support consisting of two years of fellowship and three years of teaching assistantship. In addition, the award features summer stipend funding and funding for research expenses.
Applicants with exceptional qualifications may be awarded the Graduate Merit Award, a competitive award offered to students aiming towards a Ph.D. in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. The Merit Award offesr incoming students five years of financial support consisting of two years of fellowship and three years of teaching assistantship.
Graduate School Fellowships
The Graduate School administers a program of fellowships for outstanding students working toward a Ph.D. at USC who are considering a career in university teaching and research. All applicants to the Ph.D. program are considered for these fellowships and no separate application is necessary.
Assistant Lectureships and Teaching Assistantships
Qualified students are also supported through teaching assistantship in other departments (including Spanish, French and Italian, and East Asian Languages and Cultures). Students are required to complete an application for teaching assistantships with the respective departments.
- English Requirement for Graduate Teaching Assistants
Admitted international students offered assistant lectureships or teaching assistantships must demonstrate adequate English oral communication skills before assuming classroom or language laboratory duties. International assistant lecturers and teaching assistants must achieve a score of 6.0 or better on the oral portion of the Internationals Student Exam (ISE) or on the International Teaching Assistants oral test administered by the American Language Institute. A score of 5.0 or higher on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) will exempt students from having to undergo any oral testing. Students who fail to achieve one of these scores will not be cleared for teaching duties. (For more information about the USC English requirement for international teaching assistants, visit the American Language Institute.)
Other Forms of Financial Support at USC
For more information on other forms of financial assistance available at USC, please see the 'Financing Graduate Study' section of the USC Application for Graduate Admission.
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