Application Details


  • Degree Offered

    The PhD is offered in Language Science.

    The Language Science PhD provides interdisciplinary training across a broad range of topics relating to the scientific study of language that spans fields such as linguistics, cognitive science, psychology, computer science, philosophy, logic, neuroscience, speech, hearing, education, and engineering. This integrative approach to the science of language explores interfaces between traditional frameworks, fostering a more complete understanding of the human communication system. Emphasis is placed on contemporary techniques of theory construction and empirical investigation, and students are prepared for research and teaching careers in academia, industry, and government. Special attention is given to providing intensive hands-on research experience and equipping students with sophisticated quantitative methods and technical communication skills.

  • How to Apply

    Who should apply

    While undergraduate training in linguistics is desirable, applications are also welcomed from students with backgrounds in other areas, including cognitive science, psychology, computer science, neuroscience, logic, philosophy, mathematics, engineering, hearing, speech, language studies, education, and anthropology.

    Interested in applying to our graduate program? Applications must be submitted using UCI's Online Application for Graduate Admissions.

    The UCI campus uses a fully-online graduate application program, Slate. All applications and supplemental application materials are to be sent through Slate, by the applicant. Letters of recommendation will be submitted by recommenders through the application portal.

    The deadline to apply is DECEMBER 1. Admission decisions for our program are made in March. Please note that we do not make mid-year (winter or spring) admission offers. Admission is for the beginning of fall only.

    The Graduate Admissions Committee will meet in December to review applicant files and to determine who will receive an invitation to join us during our annual Graduate Recruitment Visit. This year's recruitment will take place on late February or early March. This visit is by invitation only. Invitations will be sent out in late December-early January.

  • GREs

    The GRE test is not required for students planning to apply to our program.

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  • Sample of Technical Writing

    To assess both the potential for academic research and the current technical communication skills of applicants, a sample of technical writing is required as part of the application. This should be a paper on a scientific topic written solely or primarily by the applicant. (For example, an honors thesis or term paper is a good technical writing sample, but a manuscript where the applicant isn’t the first author is not.)

  • English-Language Proficiency Requirement (for International Applicants)

    All graduate students, except those who have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution at which English was the sole language of instruction according to the World Health Education Database, are required to demonstrate oral English proficiency before they admitted to a UCI graduate program and are appointed to Teaching Assistant or Teaching Associate titles. For Teaching Assistant and Associate positions, the aforementioned exception will apply only when the undergraduate degree has been earned within five years prior to admission to a graduate program at UCI. Please read the full policy on English proficiency for graduate admissions and how to search for your institution in the database on the on the UCI Graduate Division website. The English proficiency requirement for TAs can be found here.

  • Costs and Financial Support

    The current financial support package offered to students admitted into our program is for five years - fifteen quarters - of enrollment contingent on satisfactory academic standing and progress. Satisfactory progress in the department is evaluated based on acceptable completion of course work, timely completion of program examination requirements, acceptable progress in research and teaching as determined by your program faculty, and adherence to UCI's student conduct code.

    This guaranteed support takes the form of a teaching assistantship, a research assistantship, or a fellowship (internal or extramural). Tuition, most associated educational fees, and graduate student health insurance (UC-SHIP) are covered as a benefit of employment for students holding teaching assistantships or research assistantships, and paid by the School during fellowship quarters.

    An additional fee ("local fees") is assessed on all students each quarter. It covers on-campus, student-funded services - i.e., Associate Graduate Students, Student Center, Bren Events Center, Recreation Center - and is a quarterly out-of-pocket expense for the student. For 2018-19, this fee is approximately $257.88 per quarter. See:


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