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How to Apply for the Program


In order to be competitive for admission as a classified student to the MA programs in Linguistics at San Diego State University, applicants must meet the criteria below. Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA and/or test scores may be considered for conditional admission. (Note: In order to be considered for admission, including conditional admission, we must receive a complete application including GRE scores.)

  1. Obtain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 units of coursework taken.

  2. Take the GRE and receive the minimum score in each section: Verbal: 153, Quantitative: 144, Analytical Writing: 4.0
    COVID-19 Update: The GRE is not required for admission in Fall 2024. 

  3. (For applicants needing to demonstrate English language proficiency) Take either the TOEFL iBT (internet based test) or the IELTS test and receive the minimum score: TOEFL iBT: 90, IELTS: 7.0

    For Fall 2024 admissions we also accept a Duolingo score of 115 and above, and a PET score of 64 and above. 

  4. (Preferred but not required) Major or minor in Linguistics or a related area.

In addition, the following admission materials required by the department must be submitted electronically to Interfolio:

  1. Statement of purpose (250-500 words) which demonstrates an understanding of the SDSU program and which shows interest in an area of research that is within the department’s core expertise (see faculty and their research interests);

  2. Names and e-mail addresses of two professors who can evaluate the applicant’s academic potential for success in a rigorous M.A. program. Recommenders will receive an e-mail link to upload their letter of reference to Interfolio. Although we strongly encourage academic references, non-academic references (e.g., from employers) may be submitted if a significant amount of time has passed since earning the last degree.

Application Procedure

Applications open October 1, 2023

Step 1: Submit your application through CAL State Apply to receive an SDSU ID (with which you can complete the subsequent steps) as soon as possible, and by no later than February 1, 2024 . (An application fee applies with this step.)

Step 2: Submit official transcripts and test scores (if applicable) to Graduate Admissions by  February 1, 2024.

Step 3: Submit two letters of recommendation as well as a statement of purpose via Interfolio (see below) by no later than March 1, 2024.

The Department of Linguistics strongly encourages applicants to submit a complete application, including letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose, as early as possible to receive consideration for highly competitive fellowships. Another benefit for early applications is that, if accepted before the 2024 Spring semester, you can sign up for courses through SDSU’s Global Campus and transfer a maximum of 9 units (3 courses) towards your degree. Please contact your graduate advisor for details.

To learn more about the application process or to begin your application, click the Apply Now button below.

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Contact Us

Eniko Csomay, Graduate Advisor
Email: [email protected] | Phone: (619) 594-3377 | Office: SHW 246

Darlene Bych, Program Coordinator
Email: [email protected] | Phone: (619) 594-1915 | Office: SHW 215


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