General admissions information, instructions about applying, and the online application for admission can be accessed by visiting the Graduate Admission web site.
Application deadline: applicants to the PH. D. program should submit their materials to USC by January 1st.
Applicants for admission to the graduate program are expected to have a bachelor's degree in Linguistics or other appropriate field. 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.
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 :
The following must be submitted by mail to the USC Office of Admissions:
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 or other express mail services must be addressed to:USC Office of Admission
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.
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.