For further information, please contact the Director of Graduate Admissions. We look forward to hearing from you.

For prospective graduate students

Click on the flyers below for more information about the graduate programs that we offer, and also check out our webpage at .

Graduate Certificate - for students with a BA in a field other than Linguistics, to prepare them for future graduate study of Linguistics MA in Linguistics PhD in Linguistics


Note that in cases of financial hardship, the application fee may be waived; see

Click for information about our Linguistics PhD Program.

Click for information about our Linguistics MA Program.

Please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS) for general information about applying to BU MA and PhD programs.

Note: The next application deadline for September admission to the PhD program is January 6, 2020, and for the MA program, is February 3, 2020.

We are also offering a brand new Graduate Certificate program (for students who have completed a BA in a field other than linguistics, and are interested in obtaining sufficient background in linguistics to enable them to pursue further graduate study of linguistics). Students complete a total of 4 courses covering Phonetics and Phonology; Syntax; Semantics; and another area (many electives are available), by taking 2 courses in the fall and 2 in the spring (thereby benefitting from a discounted part-time tuition rate for all of the courses required for the Certificate). See for information about the program and how to apply.

Note: Students interested in entering the Graduate Certificate program in January 2020 are encouraged to apply by December 1, 2019; for admission in September 2020, prospective students are encouraged to apply by August 1, 2020.

Note that current BU graduate students interested in completing a graduate Certificate in Linguistics in conjunction with their current graduate degree should instead consult this link.