Admissions: Future students

Why study linguistics at Wayne State?

The Linguistics Program at Wayne State offers an interdisciplinary approach to the scientific study of language structure and use where students are encouraged to explore a wide range of topics and issues in language research.

  • Our program has nine full-time faculty members and over 60 bachelor's and master's students.
  • Classes are small and students receive plenty of individual attention from faculty.
  • The interdisciplinary nature of the undergraduate program easily allows students to combine a major or minor in linguistics with a major in another discipline, especially anthropology, psychology, communication sciences and disorders, English, global studies or a foreign language.
  • Top students may also pursue our Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE) program which allows them to complete half of their master's in linguistics while simultaneously completing their bachelor's.

Undergraduate admissions

To learn more about the linguistics program or for assistance with applying, contact the student coordinator, Dr. Natalia Rakhlin.

Apply for admission

Graduate admissions

Although admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, we urge to you apply at least three months before the start of the term in which you would like to begin your studies.

Admission requirements for the master's program

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university
  • Strong academic record, especially in fields relevant to linguistics
  • At least one year of foreign language study
  • At least one course in linguistics (this can be waived under certain circumstances)
  • A one-page "statement of purpose" should also be uploaded as part of your application materials. In the statement, explain what has led you to the study of linguistics, what about human language interests you and what you would like to do upon completion of this degree
  • For foreign applicants, TOEFL scores (or scores from an acceptable alternate) from a test taken within the last two years
  • Note: GRE scores and recommendation letters are not required. However, if you have them and would like to submit them, you may do so. Writing samples are not required
  • Visit graduate admissions for a detailed checklist of admission requirements to the university

Apply for admission

For more information or assistance with applying, contact the graduate director, Professor Ljiljana Progovac.


For costs, financial aid and more, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

  • Undergraduate + graduate scholarships

    The annual Wayne State University Scholarship Application period runs from Oct. 10 through March 1. Applicants will be considered for the scholarships listed below, as well as the scholarships available throughout the university, by using just one application.

    Apply for scholarships

  • Graduate only scholarships

    Both future and current graduate students should apply for the Wayne State Graduate Professional Scholarship. The scholarship provides full resident tuition for the following academic year. These are merit scholarships, awarded on the basis of strong academic performance and letters of recommendation.

    The Graduate School offers several other scholarships based on various requirements.

  • GTAs and GRAs

    WSU graduate teaching and research assistantships (GTAs and GRAs) are not available to students at the M.A. level, and unfortunately, the Linguistics Program does not have the resources to support its own graduate students directly. However, we can provide limited financial support to students whose papers are accepted for presentation at linguistics conferences. We encourage you to seek this type of involvement and ask for support toward your travel and housing costs.