University of Minnesota
Institute of Linguistics

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Doctorate Program


  • MA coursework
  • Advanced level courses covering core areas of language structure (phonology & syntax) (6 credits), a second semester course in field methods (4 credits) and at least three 8xxx-level Topics or Seminar courses in linguistics, to be determined in consultation with your advisor.
  • 12 credits in a related field and 24 thesis credits
  • Students will need to pass preliminary written and oral exams, as well as complete and defend their dissertation.


Students have to demonstrate competence (the equivalent of two or more years of study) in two languages other than their native language before the PhD degree can be awarded.

Contact Information

Claire Halpert
Director of Graduate Studies

S315 Elliott Hall

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