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Before you apply, note that the first Summer term of the LTS program is completely online.

Summer 2020 courses will be offered online; the remaining terms are on the UO campus. LTS students will need to be physically present on campus starting Fall term 2020. 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

The intensive 5-term program begins in mid-June each Summer term; an alternate 2 year schedule is possible for a Fall term start (late September), but this is less common. If you are interested in the 2-year plan, please contact the Director, Keli Yerian, 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 who wish to apply for UO scholarships for international students such as the ICSP should apply early by January 1 to ensure they will be considered for the scholarships.

Note that as of November 4, 2018, the GRE is no longer required for applicants to LTS.

Application Materials

  • 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 2019 are now open.
  • Transcripts: One set of official transcripts is required. The official transcripts should be sent 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 non-U.S. countries should include an English version of any transcripts in other languages, and also a certificate of degree. If you have not yet finished a degree at the time of application, send the most up-to-date transcripts available. If you are accepted to LTS 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 as described above. Your file will not be considered complete until those transcripts are received by the Office of Admissions.
  • Statement of Purpose: Your statement of purpose should be uploaded to the online application. It should be between 3 and 5 pages and include specific information about
    • what prior educational and/or professional experiences have led you to apply to the LTS MA program
    • how these experiences have prepared you for academic success in the LTS MA program
    • what potential goals you have after the program, and what the LTS program offers that will help prepare you for these goals
    • your perspective on the role of language learning for your imagined future learners, and what approaches to language learning may be most effective for them​
  • 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 you to supply 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.
  • 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.
  • Financial Statement (international applicants only, after the applicant has been admitted): 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.

Summary of Submission Instructions

Upload to the Online Application Form
Statement of Purpose
Unofficial Transcripts

Send these Documents to Office of Admissions
Official Transcripts (excluding degrees from UO, if applicable)
TOEFL (international applicants only)
Financial Statement (international applicants only, after applicant has been admitted)

ETS Institution code: 4846


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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