Graduate Admission Requirements

Students entering the graduate degree program must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Applicants holding U.S. citizenship who have completed part or all of their postsecondary education outside the United States must also complete a supplemental application. Please download and print this form from the Graduate School website.

Application Materials (Required)

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    [scores are good for up to 5 years]
  • TOEFL exam (International students)
    (Passing score of 580 paper-based, 237 computer-based, 92 IBT)
  • Official transcript(s) listing grades in each course taken at accredited institutions of higher learning
  • THREE (3) letters of recommendation
  • 300-700 word STATEMENT OF PURPOSE. Your statement should provide a thoughtful, informative statement detailing your reasons for wishing to pursue a graduate degree in the Department of Linguistics and the direction of study you intend to pursue.

Letters of recommendation and the statement of purpose can be submitted on-line in the Apply Yourself application system or mail to the department at the address listed at the bottom of this message. Writing samples are NOT required as part of the application process.

Application Forms

All application forms are in printable format, or you may use the on-line electronic application system. Links to both admission forms, as well links to financial aid information and general information can be found on the Graduate School website at this address:

Application Submission

  • Domestic applicants: send all required application materials to the Department of Linguistics.
  • International applicants: send all required application materials to the Office of International Admissions Application and financial aid information specifically for international students can be found at this web site: or e-mail them at

Application Deadlines

  • Domestic applicants: January 15th for Fall semester admission
  • International applicants: December 1st for Fall semester admission

Financial Aid

Given our limited resources, it is unlikely that a first year graduate student will receive financial aid from the Department. If you wish to be considered for support, we will, of course, nominate you for all IU fellowships that may be appropriate, although you should understand that these are extremely competitive. You should also pursue all opportunities for externally funded fellowships.

The Financial Aid for College Students & Graduate Students webpage has information on financial aid specific to Indiana University students, graduate students, and international students, and can be found at this address:

Special financial aid opportunities for DOMESTIC students

Additional Information

If you have further questions, feel free to contact:
Chair of the Department, Robert Botne , at or
Director of Graduate Studies, Ken DeJong, at

Indiana University Office of International Services:
Housing information can be found at:

Special Notes

If you are interested in APPLIED LINGUISTICS (Second Language Acquisition) or Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), please contact the Department of Second Language Studies at: e-mail:
Web site:

Linguistics at Indiana University does NOT offer any kind of degree or course work in translation. You may contact Comparative Literature if interested in a certificate in Literary Translation at or visit their web site: