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PhD Linguistics

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
5 Years
 Start month
August

 Tuition fee

International
26502 USD
National
12266 USD

Application fee

International 90 USD
National 70 USD
Department
Department of Linguistics
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)104
TOEFL-PBT (min)607
GRE (avg)330
GMAT (avg)659

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About this course

The Department of Linguistics offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts in Linguistics, Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language, and Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics.The Ph.D. program in Linguistics allows a high degree of flexibility and specialization, and is designed to encourage students to advance quickly to producing original research. Students may choose any of several standard areas of specialization, or design their own specialization with the help of their faculty advisor.

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum requirements for admisson

  • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency.
  • Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS (please see instructions below for Submitting Official Scores regarding our institution code and program number).
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.
  • Important, please note: Individual academic programs may require a higher score, or evidence of spoken English language proficiency; contact your proposed program of study office for the minimum TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS requirement for admission.
  • Test information and instructions for requesting official scores
  • TOEFL (Test of english as a foreign language)
  • Website: www.toefl.org

TOEFL Services at Educational Testing Service (ETS):

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service send scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using our institution code number 1836.

IELTS (International english language testing system)
IELTS is jointly owned by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.

Website: www.ielts.org

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the IELTS should upload their score report forms directly to the online application.

Exemptions

 Graduate applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if one of the following criteria is met:Completion of at least two years of post-secondary full-time study, as defined by the home institution, in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
OR

Completion of a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment.

 

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Course Modules

Entry Requirements for the Ph.D. Program
Students who complete the M.A. in Linguistics at the University of Illinois by passing the Qualifying Examination may apply to the Student Evaluation and Examination Committee to enter the Ph.D. program. Entrance requires a grade point average of 3.5 or better in the required M.A. courses (not counting the electives), a minimum grade point average of 3.0 over all graduate work in linguistics, and distinction in passing the Qualifying Examination. In deciding whether students will be admitted to the Ph.D. program, the committee considers their performance in meeting these requirements, as well as their general potential for successfully conducting advanced linguistic research.

Students who have completed the MATESL degree at the University of Illinois or a master's degree in Linguistics, TESL, or a related field at another university may apply for direct admission to the Ph.D. program.Recommended preparation includes courses equivalent to our LING 501: Syntax I; LING 502: Phonology I; either LING 425: Introduction to Psycholinguistics or LING 450: Sociolinguistics I; and at least one of LING 507: Formal Semantics I, LING 509: Topics in Cognitive Linguistics, and LING 551: Pragmatics. Students entering the Ph.D. program without such preparation are required to take these courses immediately on entering the program; the courses do not count toward the 64 hours required for the Ph.D.

Ph.D. Program Requirements
64 graduate credit hours are required for the Ph.D. in Linguistics. Credit hours which have already been applied to another degree, such as the M.A. in Linguistics, do not count toward this total; nor do preparatory courses taken as a condition on admission. The requirements below are in effect for all students entering the program in Fall Semester 2013 or later. Students who entered the program earlier may also complete their degrees under these requirements.

A. Practicum, Research Paper and Oral Exam (4 hours):
LING 504: Practicum (2 hours)
LING 590: Special Topics in Linguistics (2 hours)
During their first year in the Ph.D. program (normally the third year overall for students entering from the Linguistics M.A. Program), students must submit an original research paper, and pass an oral examination in which the paper is presented to a committee of faculty members, who may ask questions regarding the research, the written paper, and the presentation. The paper should be completed under the supervision of a faculty member,while enrolled for at least two credit hours of LING 590 with that faculty member as instructor, and also enrolled in LING 504.

B. Area of Specialization:
Students must specialize in a particular subfield of linguistics, and complete the requirements for their area of specialization. The following standard specializations are available; students may also design their own specializations with the help and approval of their faculty advisor.

Computational Linguistics
Prerequisite:

  • LING 402: Tools and techniques in Speech and Language Processing (or a 200 level CS programming course, or consent of instructor)

Required Courses: Recommended:

  • LING 406: Introduction to Computional Linguistics
  • LING 506: Topics in Computational Linguistics
  • LING 591: Seminar in Linguistic Analysis (relevant section)

LING 490: Corpus Linguistics (corpus construction and annotation)
CS 410: Text Information Systems
CS 421: Programming Languages and Compilers
CS 440 / ECE 448: Artificial Intelligence
CS 498: Special Topics in Computer Science (machine learning and natural language sections)
CS 546: Machine Learning and Natural Language
CS 598: Special Topics in Computer Science (natural language processing sections)
CS 592: Advanced Seminar in Computer Science (natural language processing sections)
LIS 590: Special Topics in LIS (computational linguistics sections)

Phonetics and Phonology

Prerequisite:

  • LING 401: Introduction to General Phonetics

Required Courses: Recommended:

  • LING 502: Phonology I (required in the M.A. curriculum)
  • LING 520: Acoustic Phonetics
  • a course in statistics to be approved by advisor
  • Note: Quantitative Methods I and II are being developed to cover statistics (QM-I) and corpus methods (QM-II) for P&P research. These courses are currently offered under LING 591. Students should take QM-I, if available, to satisfy the statistics requirement of the P&P specialization

LING 410: Historical Linguistics
LING 522: Articulatory Phonetics
LING 542: Phonology II
LING 582: Topics in Phonological Theory
LING 591: Seminar in Linguistic Analysis (offerings related to P&P)

Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics

Required Courses: Recommended:

  • A course in statistics for social sciences
  • At least three courses from the list of recommended courses. It is strongly recommended that one of these three be LING 514, or a comparable course on quantitative research methods.

LING 423: Language Acquisition
LING 426: Child and Adult Language Acquisition
LING 427: Language and the Brain
LING 514: Design and Statistics in Language Study
LING 524: Developmental Psycholinguistics
LING 525: Psycholinguistics
LING 529: Second Language Acquisition & Bilingualism
LING 560: Seminar in Bilingualism
LING 570: Seminar in Cognitive Science
LING 588: Seminar in Second Language Learning (relevant sections)
LING 591: Seminar in Linguistic Analysis (relevant sections)

Second Language Studies

Required Courses: Recommended:

The courses should be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor.

  • Curriculum prerequisite: a course in foundations of second language acquisition, such as EIL 489 (Theoretical Foundations of SLA) or equivalent
  • Two courses on research methodology which provide students with training in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Possible courses include (but are not limited to):
  • ANTH 471 (Ethnography through Language)
  • EIL 588 (Seminar in Second Language Learning: section on Conversational Analysis)
  • EPSY 575 (Mixed Methods Inquiry)
  • EPSY 580 (Introduction to Statistical Methods)
  • LING 514 (Design & statistics in language study)

At least two courses from the list of recommended courses. Students are expected to take courses in at least two of the four areas listed under ‘recommended courses’.

  • EIL 489: Theoretical Foundations of SLA
  • LING 426: Child and Adult Language Acquisition
  • LING 529: Second Language Acquisition & Bilingualism
  • LING 560: Seminar in Bilingualism
  • LING 588: Seminar in Second Language Learning (relevant sections)

Language Use / Conversational Analysis:

  • EIL 487: Topics in Second Language Studies (relevant sections)
  • LING 460: Sociolinguistics II
  • LING 551: Pragmatics
  • LING 588: Seminar in Second Language Learning (relevant sections on Conversational Analysis)

Language Education and Assessment:

  • EIL 445: Teaching Second Language Reading and Writing
  • EIL 460: Principles of Language Testing
  • EIL 511: Task-based language teaching
  • EIL 512: Practicum in Teaching ESL
  • EIL 580: Classroom Language Acquisition
  • LING 588: Seminar in Second Language Learning (relevant sections)

Educational Technology:

  • EIL 587: Seminar in Second Language Studies (relevant sections)
  • LING 402: Tools and Techniques in Language and Speech Processing
  • LING 406: Introduction to Computational Linguistics

Semantics and Pragmatics

Required courses: Recommended:

  • LING 507: Formal Semantics I
  • LING 551: Pragmatics
  • At least 8 credit hours of:
  • LING 590: Special Topics in Linguistics (relevant section); or
  • LING 591: Seminar in Linguistic Analysis (relevant section)

LING 407: Logic and Linguistic Analysis
LING 438: Philosophy of Language
LING 514: Design and Statistics in Language Study, or a comparable course in research methodology or statistics
LING 541: Syntax II
LING 547: Formal Semantics II

Sociolinguistics

Required Courses: Recommended:

  • LING 450: Sociolinguistics I
  • LING 550: Sociolinguistics II
  • LING 587: Topics in Sociolinguistics

LING 514: Design and Statistics in Language Study
LING 555: World Englishes
LING 560: Seminar in Bilingualism
LING 591: Seminar in Linguistic Analysis (relevant sections)

Syntax

Required Courses: Recommended:

  • LING 541: Syntax II
  • LING 581: Topics in Syntactic Theory
  • LING 591: Seminar in Linguistic Analysis (sections on syntax, morphology)

LING 407: Logic and Linguistic Analysis
LING 507: Formal Semantics I
LING 509: Topics in Cognitve Linguistics
LING 547: Formal Semantics II
LING 514: Design and Statistics in Language Study
LING 551: Pragmatics

C. Research/Project/Independent Study Hours (12 hours)
Students must complete at least 12 credit hours of LING 590: Special Topics in Linguistics, or of another independent research course approved by the advisor.

D. Language Requirement:
All Ph.D. candidates must demonstrate knowledge of the structure a language that is neither their native tongue nor the same language that satisfied the foreign language requirement for the M.A. degree. This requirement may be met through LING 514: Field Methods, or courses such as FR 416: Structure of French or GER 465: Linguistic Structures of German, or in other ways approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.

E. Thesis Hours Required (32 hours)
Students must complete at least 32 credit hours of LING 599: Thesis Research. Enrollment in LING 599 is not normally allowed before the semester in which the student expects to complete the Preliminary Examination.

F. Seminar Presentation
Each student must make at least one research presentation to the Linguistics Department Seminar.

G. Preliminary Examination
All students must pass the Preliminary Examination, normally in the second year of the Ph.D. program (fourth year overall for students who entered through the Linguistics M.A. Program).

To take the Preliminary Examination, first finish all your course requirements. Work closely with your advisor to prepare a written dissertation proposal. Assemble your examination committee, bearing in mind the policies on committee membership set by the Graduate College. Submit your written proposal to your committee at least two weeks before the oral examination, which may be scheduled through theGraduate Student Services Office of the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics.
The examination consists of an oral presentation of the dissertation proposal before the committee. The committee may ask questions about the proposed research, the written proposal, or the presentation.

H. Final Examination/Dissertation Defense
All students must write a dissertation and successfully defend its thesis in an oral examination. Familiarize yourself early in the process with the Graduate College policies and procedures regarding dissertations.

The Final Examination committee is normally (but not necessarily) identical to the Preliminary Examination committee. If it is different, please bear in mind the policies on committee membership set by the Graduate College. Work closely with your advisor and other committee members to be sure the dissertation is satisfactory before arranging for the Final Examination. The completed disseration must be submitted to the committee at least two weeks prior to the examination, which may be scheduled through the Graduate Student Services Office of the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics.
The Final Examination consists of an oral presentation of the dissertation and defense of its thesis before the committee. The committee may ask questions about the research, the written dissertation, or the presentation.

I. Dissertation Deposit
Following successful completion the defense, make any revisions requested to the dissertation by the committee, and secure the approval of your advisor. Make sure the dissertation conforms to the Graduate College formatting policies. Deposit the dissertation according to the procedure set by the Graduate College.

 

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How to Apply

Graduate Admission
Applicants to the M.A. program in Teaching of English as a Second Language (MATESL) and to the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Linguistics must have completed a bachelor's degree.

For the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Linguistics, undergraduate preparation should include the study of at least one foreign language; courses equivalent to LING 400 on this campus; and a broad background in the humanities, social sciences, or mathematics.

For the MATESL program, an undergraduate major in linguistics, English, a foreign language, or education is generally recommended, though other majors are also acceptable. Applicants must present a grade point average of at least 3.0 (A = 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Two years of coursework in a foreign language or the equivalent are also required. TOEFL score of 103 or above is required for full-status dmission; students with TOEFL scores below 103 may be considered for limited-status admission, please see the requirements page. GRE scores are also required (no minimum score required).

The online application will accept uploads of the following required application materials for all graduate degrees in the Department of Linguistics.  Please do not send them to the department or Graduate College:

  • Personal Statement, 1-2 pages
  • Resume or CV
  • Scanned transcripts, Certificates of Degree and/or Diplomas for all post-secondary schools attended (undergraduate and graduate) with English translations when applicable.  Official documents (originals or “attested” copies) will be required if you are admitted.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation submitted online by your letter writers (preferably professors who have had you in class)
  • Writing Sample (such as a research paper) of 10-20 pages (MA and PhD in Linguistics only). MATESL applicants should also submit a writing sample, but there is no length requirement.

Also required:

  • GRE score report (taken within the last five (5) years) should be sent by ETS to institution code #1836, dept. #00.  There is no minimum score requirement.
  • Non-native English speakers must also ask ETS to supply their TOEFL iBT score report (103 total or higher preferred with a minimum score of 24 in the speaking subsection; please see http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/instructions/04c for the details) or upload their IELTS score report to the online application.  The test provided must be taken within two (2) years of the term of entry.  This requirement may be waived if within five years of the term of enrollment, you have completed at least two academic years of full-time study or completed a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language of instruction.  Please note, however, that this waiver is for admission purposes only and does notprovide an exemption from the English Proficiency Requirement below for non-native English speaking teaching assistants.
  • All applicants whose native language is not English must pass the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT with a minimum score of 24, or the speaking section of the IELTS with a minimum score of 8, or pass the Test of Spoken English (TSE) with a minimum score of 50, to be awarded financial aid in the form of a Teaching Assistantship.  This requirement is NOT waived and no TAship will be awarded prior to passing one of these exams.   

Your application for fall 2016 must be complete (with all of the required elements on file) no later than January 4, 2016 at 11:00 PM Central Daylight Time.  All admitted applicants are considered for financial aid based on their application materials and funds available.  Financial aid may be awarded in the form of fellowships, assistantships, or a combination of the two.

There are many opportunities for financial aid at the University of Illinois other than those provided by the department.  The Graduate College Fellowship Office has a website “Financial Assistance”, athttp://www.grad.uiuc.edu/prospective/financial/, which describes various kinds of financial assistance available for graduate students.  It also has a database, accessible athttp://www.grad.illinois.edu/fellowships, of various fellowship opportunities potentially available to you.  In addition, there are fellowship opportunities available to graduate students studying specific languages through the FLAS Fellowships program, http://www.flas.illinois.edu/.

If you are interested in second language acquisition, it is important that you know about the SLATE (Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education) advanced certificate program found athttp://www.slate.illinois.edu/.  Another option is the Language and Speech Processing certificate program.  Students enrolled in our Ph.D. program can simultaneously earn either of these certificates.

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