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Application Process Update:  Due to COVID-19, the Department of Linguistics & Cognitive Science is waiving the GRE requirement for our graduate programs this year. If you wish to apply without a GRE score, please enter a future GRE exam date into the application when prompted. This need not be an actual exam date. Entering any future date will allow your application to be sent on to our review committee where it will receive full consideration. Reporting your scores is entirely optional. If you chose to not submit a GRE score, this will have no bearing on the competitiveness of your application. This applies to Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 applications only.

If you have any questions regarding this process, email Satoshi Tomioka (


All applications for admission have to be completed online. The graduate application system can be found at   The University of Delaware's graduate application system is designed to put the applicant in control of not only the application but all documents associated with that application. You should have no need to send a single item by mail during the application process. Self-managing your own application in this way is possible because the  system has designated areas within the application where each required document should be uploaded.  

If you have any problems in filling out an on-line application please contact   or call our Admissions Office at (302) 831-2129.

The application deadline for consideration for financial aid for Fall admission is January 1. That means that all documents and letters of recommendation have to be uploaded and received by that date.  It is in the interest of candidates to apply early. Applicants who are not seeking funding must apply by May 1. The deadline for Spring admission is December 1. Because the Ph.D. program requires a progression of courses from Fall to Spring, Spring admission is not recommended for applicants to the Ph.D. program and is rarely granted.

Students with a B.A./B.S. or M.A./M.S. in linguistics or in an appropriate related field may apply (related fields include, but are not limited to, English, Modern Languages, Psychology, Education, Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Mathematics, and Computer Science). Students without a degree in linguistics proper may be asked to take additional courses to meet minimum training in linguistics.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the M.A and Ph.D programs are required to submit the following:

  • A completed application form;
  • Official transcripts from all previous universities or colleges;
  • GRE scores (a minimum of 299 on verbal and quantitative sections combined is required; the analytical score is also considered);
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • A personal statement describing interests and objectives;
  • A writing sample. This can be a paper from previous course work or from original published or unpublished research that demonstrates the ability to use the methods of research and inquiry that characterize scholarship in linguistics, cognitive science, or other related scientific disciplines. 

Foreign students whose language of education is not English must also arrange to have original TOEFL scores submitted; a minimum score of 100 on the IBT (600 on the paper-based test, or an equivalent IELTS score of 7.0) is required for admission. Foreign students who hold a university degree from an institution in an English-speaking country are not required to submit TOEFL scores. Foreign students whose native language is not English and who are awarded a teaching assistantship must successfully complete the University's ITA program.

Please note: The ETS University of Delaware institution code is  5811.  NO DEPARTMENT CODE IS NEEDED FOR OUR INSTITUTION. For TOEFL, list the department code as 01.

Admission to the graduate program is competitive. Those who meet the stated requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet all of those requirements necessarily precluded from admisssion if they offer other appropriate strengths.

For more information about admission to the MA and PhD programs, please contact:

Dr. Satoshi TomiokaPhD Student AdmissionsEmail:

Dr. Irene VogelMA Student AdvisorE-mail:

Department of Linguistics & Cognitive Science125 E. Main Street Newark, DE 19716​​

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  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
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