Graduate Overview

Graduate linguistics students meet on North Campus.

Graduate linguistics students meet on North Campus

The overall mission of the Department of Linguistics graduate programs is to train students to succeed in careers related to the descriptive and theoretical study of language in academia, government or industry. To help students achieve their professional goals, the department provides training in all aspects of linguistic research, as well as a comprehensive grounding in the properties of languages, research methodologies, contemporary linguistic theories, and skills such as academic writing and the effective dissemination of research results.

To fulfill its mission, the department offers a PhD in Linguistics, an MA in Linguistics with several foci, and a MS in Computational Linguistics

Learn More About Linguistics

Before applying, we invite you to learn more about our projected learning outcomes and degree requirements:

Application Deadlines

December 15: PhD applicants wishing to be considered for financial support*

March 1: All international MA/MS and PhD applicants

April 1: All domestic MA/MS and PhD applicants

*Typically, only our PhD applicants will be considered for departmental financial support. MA/MS applicants are encouraged to seek funding through UB's Office of Financial Aid

A Cross-Disciplinary Approach

Our graduate courses focus on breadth and empirical/experimental methodologies. Students receive training in traditional disciplines, such as syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonetics, and phonology, in addition to substantial training in other areas, such as language typology, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, and historical and contact linguistics. All students are required to take at least two semesters of Methods classes that include courses in Field Methods, Quantitative Methods and Statistics, Corpus Linguistics, and Computational Linguistics. 

We encourage our students to explore interdisciplinary research within the Center for Cognitive Science, and many of our students receive extensive training in Cognitive Science through collaborations with the Department of Psychology or Computer Science and Engineering programs.

Welcoming Diversity

In recent years, sixty students have graduated with Linguistics Master's and Doctoral degrees. Of these, roughly half the population joined us from overseas, including students from Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe. We believe a diverse student body contributes to a wide range of perspectives and lively cross-cultural exchange, both of which serve to strengthen our department and our discipline. 

Register for Courses

Registration for the Fall 2017 semester is now closed. Please check back for information on Spring 2018 registration. 

Graduate Linguistics Association

Graduate students in the Linguistics Department are automatically members of the Graduate Linguistics Association. The GLA coordinates events (both academic and social), assists students with disputes against faculty, and tries to better our department through constant dedication to helping fellow students.

Contact Us

Professor and Chair, Jeff Good.

Jeff Good

Department Chair; Professor

Specialties: Morphosyntactic typology, Niger-Congo languages, Language documentation

613 Baldy Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0126


Jurgen Bohnemeyer.

J├╝rgen Bohnemeyer

Director of Graduate Studies; Professor

Specialties: Semantic typology, Conceptual and Formal Semantics, the Syntax-Semantics Interface, the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface, Linguistic Anthropology, Mesoamerican Languages

642 Baldy Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0127