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Degrees Offered

Ph.D. in Linguistics
Full Time

M.A. in General Linguistics
Full Time/Part Time

M.A. in Computational Linguistics
​Full Time/Part Time

Admissions Deadlines

December 15 for Fall Enrollment

November 15 for Spring Enrollment (M.A. in Computational Linguistics only, and only for applicants with advanced CL/CS background)

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The Graduate Center’s Linguistics program draws on the resources of New York City and of its great public university to help students develop expertise in the one of world’s most exciting fields.

Our Ph.D. and M.A. programs ready students for opportunities in academia, private industry, public service, and more.

We offer coursework, laboratory experience, and research supervision in theoretical, experimental, descriptive, and applied linguistics. Our students master the discipline of linguistics in its broadest sense, acquire knowledge of a specialized area, and carry out independent research.


Students may choose to enter our programs with possible specializations in:

Computational Linguistics
Endangered Languages
Language Acquisition

Program Highlights

Focus on Research

Students engage in research projects that interest them with guidance from chosen faculty advisers, who are recognized experts in their fields. Students also have the opportunity to participate in research laboratories and institutes including the Computational Lab, the CSI-CUNY Speech Laboratory, the Second Language Acquisition Lab, the Speech Lab, the Speech Production Laboratory, the Speech Acoustic and Perception Laboratory, the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society, and the Endangered Language Initiative.

Interdisciplinary Study

Interdisciplinary work is common among our students and faculty. Many faculty and students complement their linguistics teaching and study with work in anthropology, computer science, language studies, speech and hearing science, and urban education. The Graduate Center is also a member of the Interuniversity Doctoral Consortium, which allows matriculated Graduate Center doctoral students to pursue related study at other members institutions, including Columbia University and NYU.

Exploring Linguistics in NYC

New York City is one of the most linguistically diverse places on earth. Our program encourages students to focus their research on the under-described and threatened languages within the city as well as beyond it. Students can also take advantage of New York’s rich resources for research and academic exploration, from the New York Public Library to the wide variety of archives and collections across the city.

Contact Us

Linguistics Program

Cecelia Cutler

Professor, Executive Officer
Graduate Center
Room 7407.01

Phone 212-817-8501

Christina Tortora

Professor, Deputy Executive Officer
Graduate Center
Room 7208

Phone 212-817-8519

Nishi Bissoondial

Assistant Program Officer/Academic Coordinator
Graduate Center
Room 7407

Phone 212-817-8513