Doctoral Program


The Department of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut is a leading center for theoretical research in generative grammar, as well as for experimental research on child language acquisition, and is recognized as a ‘Program of National Distinction’ in the University.

The Department offers graduate training leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics, and is noted both for its high standards in graduate teaching, and for considerable success in job placement. UConn alumni have been hired at Harvard University, University of Maryland, Cornell University, Yale University, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, University of Toronto, University College London, University of London (SOAS), and the Centre for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics in Tromsø (among others).

Currently the Department comprises eleven regular faculty members, three professors emeriti, and thirteen additional faculty members involved in our teaching and research activities. We have approximately 35 doctoral students and numerous visiting scholars from around the world.

Doctoral students at UConn engage in original research throughout their graduate program, and are well represented both as co-authors and as sole authors, at major national and international conferences and in publications in professional journals. The faculty’s strong record of obtaining research grants also provides significant research opportunities for our doctoral students. Opportunities for interdisciplinary projects are available, including a Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science. Resources for experimental research in child language acquisition include the excellent facilities at the University’s Child Development Laboratories, as well as the department’s own laboratories.

The Ph.D. program consists of the following components:

  • Coursework (see the UConn Graduate Course Catalog)
  • General examination (two papers with oral examinations)
  • Dissertation prospectus
  • Dissertation and final examination (defense)

Student progress is monitored by an advisory committee, selected by the student. Most students in the department hold Graduate Assistantships, either Teaching Assistantships or Research Assistantships or both. Graduate Assistants at UConn are represented by the Graduate Employee Union.

For detailed degree requirements see the Grad Handbook.