Graduate Studies FAQs

How is the department of Linguistics organized?

The Department is an autonomous unit within the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. It adheres to the general requirements of the Graduate School but sets its own requirements concerning course work, examinations and other aspects of study.

Can I get a master’s degree from your department?

No, we do not offer a terminal master’s degree. We only admit students to the PhD program.

What type of financial aid is available?

Yale University provides all of its PhD students with a financial aid package consisting of four years of full tuition, at least four years of stipend support, and comprehensive health care coverage. During the fifth year of the program, students who have completed all of their requirements are eligible for a dissertation fellowship. A sixth year of funding (which carries with it a teaching requirement) is available to students who will finish within the year. Further information can be obtained on the Office of Financial Aid & Resources website.

What special events are organized for any by students?

The department sponsors a weekly colloquium, with invited speakers from other linguistics departments, as well as a weekly series of lunch talks in which students present their research. Yale periodically hosts conferences in a variety of fields of Linguistics, and the various research groups also have their own activities. More information about other departmental activities may be found here.

Further questions?

If you need more information about the graduate program and Linguistics at Yale, please contact Mr. Chris McDaniel.