Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs provide a unique environment where linguistic theory, multiple methodologies, and computational research not only peacefully coexist, but interact in a highly synergistic fashion. We have an unprecedented and unequalled level of collaboration among faculty and students.

Our focus is on the Ph.D. degree; however, the department occasionally admits students solely for the M.A. degree. Ph.D. students elsewhere at Stanford may apply for the Ph.D. Minor.


Master’s Program

The Department of Linguistics offers a 1-year Master’s degree program in Linguistics. For the 2018-19 admission we offer a full-time study option only.

Modern linguistics is the study of human languages in all aspects, ranging from structural to social, cognitive and educational concerns. Our students therefore engage in core courses such as grammatical description and phonetics, as well elective courses in psycholinguistics, bi- and multilingualism, linguistic typology, Cantonese linguistics, amongst others. A central aspect of our program is the dissertation component, which prepares students for future research work. Each student is individually supervised by one or more of our highly international faculty.


MPhil & PhD

The Department of Linguistics offers supervision for the degrees of MPhil and PhD by research, and welcomes inquiries from prospective postgraduate students with a good first degree and sufficient background in linguistics. Applicants should discuss their field of study and prepare a proposal in collaboration with the Chairperson of Department and/or a prospective supervisor before applying through the University to register for a postgraduate degree.

Undergraduate Research Outcomes

Graduate Research Outcomes

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