UNM Department of Linguistics
Admission to the Ph.D. program is highly selective. The following criteria must be met: (1) completion of the coursework equivalent to the UNM M.A. in Linguistics with an average of B+ or better, (2) Pass with Distinction on the UNM M.A. Comprehensive Exam or the submission of a research paper of publishable quality, and (3) willingness of a UNM Linguistics faculty member to serve as the student's mentor.
Students who have completed the baccalaureate degree should apply for admission to the M.A. program, not to the Ph.D. program. Completion of a master's degree is a prerequisite for admission to the Ph.D. program.
To apply for the M.A. or Ph.D. program, if you are a U.S. citizen
or permanent resident, fill out the online application form found
at the Office of Graduate Studies website. In
compiling your application packet, be sure to send the online form,
application fee, and transcripts to the Office of Graduate
Studies. Send a second copy of your transcripts, three letters of reccomendation, letter of intent &
writing sample directly to the Department of Linguistics.
Application procedures are clearly outlined here.
Three letters of recommendation and a letter of intent are required parts of the application packet for all potential students. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required by the Department of Linguistics. In addition, applicants to the Ph.D. program must submit directly to the department a copy of the M.A. thesis or a research paper of high quality.
Applicants to the Ph.D. program who completed the M.A. at UNM must file a Request for Change or Addition of Degree or Graduate Unit form, together with (1) a writing sample, (2) three new letters of recommendation, and (3) a letter of intent.
All materials must be received by December 15 for best consideration for admission to the Ph.D. program. All applications seeking financial aid must be received by December 15.
Transfer of Credit
The following regulations apply to the transfer of credits toward the doctoral degree: (1) A maximum of 30 semester hours previously applied to a master's degree from UNM or another accredited institution may be applied to the Ph.D. (2) A maximum of 12 additional hours of graduate credit taken at UNM prior to admission to the doctoral program may be applied if they were not previously applied toward a master's degree. (3) A maximum of six additional hours of graduate credit taken at another accredited institution and not already applied toward a master's degree may be applied to the degree. (4) Quarter hours are converted to .67 semester hours each.
Such credits may be transferred toward the doctoral degree provided that
(1) grades of B or better were earned, (2) you have already completed
at least 12 hours of graduate work in the doctoral program, (3) the credits
are approved by your committee on studies and listed on the Application
for Candidacy, and (4) the transfer is approved by OGS.