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Program Update: Starting in Summer 2018, the first term of the program will be  completely online. All three of the first core courses will be taught via the internet. This means you won’t physically need to arrive on campus until fall. Learn more.

Admission Requirements

Although not required, some academic background in linguistics or experience in language teaching is recommended as preparation for our program.

Applicants are expected to already have the expected level of language proficiency in their target language(s) for their future teaching contexts. ‘Expected level’ can vary widely, depending on the language and language teaching context. Many teachers in language revitalization efforts, for example, are themselves ongoing learners of the language.

Application Deadline

Acceptance into the program will be determined after the priority application deadline on February 1, 2018 (this is an earlier deadline than in previous years). Applicants may still be admitted on a rolling basis after February 1, depending on available space in the program. The intensive 5-term program begins each Summer term; an alternate 2 year schedule is possible for admission in the Fall, but this is less common. Please contact the Interim Director Trish Pashby if you are interested in the 2-year plan at

Deadlines for Summer term Admission:

  • February 1 (for priority review and early notification).
  • After February 1, there is a rolling deadline until the admission cap is reached.

International Students should consider the amount of time it will take for

  • Graduate Admissions Committee review,
  • UO Admissions Office review of the financial statement and subsequent issuance and receipt of an I-20 (which typically takes 4-6 weeks after the department admissions decision and receipt of the financial statement), and
  • time needed to get a visa in their countries once the I-20 has been received.

Application Materials

(DO NOT bind materials or put them in plastic folders)

  • Graduate Admission Application: Apply online! This is a general application to the University of Oregon as well as the Linguistics Department application. A $70.00 non-refundable fee for domestic students, and a $90.00 non-refundable fee for international students, is collected by credit card. Applications for 2018 will open in September.
  • Transcripts: One set of official transcripts is required. Send one set of official transcripts (in a sealed envelope) from all colleges or universities where you received a degree (Bachelor’s and subsequent degrees) to Office of Admissions, University of Oregon, 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene OR  97403-1217. Transcripts from foreign countries should have an English version and also a certificate of degree attached.If you have not yet finished the degree at the time of application, send the most up-to-date transcripts available. If you are accepted and enroll at the UO as a graduate student, you will be required to show proof of your degree within the first two weeks of your first term.Copies of your transcripts may be uploaded to the online application form but the official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admissions. Your file will not be considered complete until those transcripts are received by the Office of Admissions.
  • Financial Statement (international applicants only): The Office of Admissions requires international students to provide evidence of financial support for all anticipated educational and living expenses for the first year of study in the United States before an I-20 can be prepared. Note: you do not need a financial statement to apply to the program for admission, but you will need it after admission for your I-20. The I-20 is the document required to apply for an F-1 student visa. The evidence you provide must be less than six months old.  A Student Financial Statement form is available at  Required documents can be the following:

Bank statement or certificate of balance signed by a bank official on official letterhead indicating account opening date, average balance, and current balance.Scholarship or sponsorship letter verifying the amount, source, and length of the award.

Financial information is sent to the Office of Admissions, 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403-1217.

  • GRE scores: The GRE is required for all applicants. Neither the University nor the Department of Linguistics sets a minimum requirement for GRE scores.  The GRE code for the University of Oregon is 4846, and the Department of Linguistics is 2903.  For information about the GRE, write Education Testing Service, 1974 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704, or Box 955, Princeton, NJ 08540 or call 1-800-537-3160 or visit website

It takes between two to six weeks for scores to reach the Linguistics Department, depending on the country of origin so be sure to take the exam in time for your scores to arrive before the application deadline.

  • TOEFL/IELTS Score (international applicants only): A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to the University of Oregon. Applicants whose native language is not English must show proof of language proficiency through one of the following three methods:
    Method Requirement
    TOEFL Score Minimum Score: 575 (Paper) or 88 (Internet-Based).
    IELTS Score Minimum Score: 7.0 overall band score.
    Degree from English-speaking country Submit degree transcripts proving that you have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited English-medium institution. See for more details.
  • Three letters of recommendation: Identify three persons familiar with your academic experience and your ability to be successful in an intensive Masters program. One letter can be from a prior or current supervisor if you have relevant professional experience. The online application requests contact information (name, position, institution, telephone number and email) for each recommender. Upon submission of your online application, each recommender will be notified via email and provided with instructions on how to respond.
  • Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose should include why you want to enter the program, what has prepared you to enter the program, and what you are planning to do once you have completed the program. It is usually 1 to 2 pages in length.  Your statement of purpose should be uploaded to the online application.

Submission Instructions

Upload to the Online Application Form
Statement of Purpose

Send these Documents to Linguistics Department
GRE scores
TOEFL (international applicants only)

Send these Documents to Office of Admissions
Official Transcripts
TOEFL (international applicants only)
Financial Statement (international applicants only)

Mailing Address for the Linguistics Department
Department of Linguistics
Graduate Admissions
1290 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR  97403-1290
Mailing Address for the Office of Admissions
Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR  97403-1217

Application Status

Applicants can track the progress of their admission material by accessing the University’s online application.  When applying, make note of your login credentials (user name and password) for future reference. An application is not considered complete until all the materials have been received. Application files will not be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review until they are complete.

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