Program in Linguistics College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Program in Linguistics College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Graduate Programs in Linguistics at Stony Brook University

The Department of Linguistics at Stony Brook University, one of the top ranked universities in country, offers graduate degrees and certificates in theoretical linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

The Department of Linguistics is at the forefront of research and training in the field of modern linguistics. Research areas include phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and first and second language acquisition, including experimental approaches to these areas. Progressive research, sophisticated instruction in theoretical linguistics, extensive field work, and clinical practice are the defining features of graduate work in linguistics at Stony Brook University.

Master of Arts in TESOL

The Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) prepares teachers and other professionals to teach English to speakers of other languages. The program's unique curriculum includes extensive practical training and emphasizes general linguistics.

To graduate, students must successfully complete 30 credits of courses including phonetics, TESOL pedagogy, curriculum design and evaluation, and second language acquisition.

Students also participate in field experiences that include observation and practice in English language instruction, learning in community-based ESL programs, and language and literacy development. They receive training in a variety of community-based settings as well as educational settings that focus on pre-elementary through secondary education.

M.A. in TESOL Teacher Certification Program

The M.A. program in TESOL with certification trains students to teach English to speakers of other languages, including children (grades pre-k through 12) who attend public school in the state of New York.

The curriculum includes 30 credits of professional preparation courses such as TESOL pedagogy, curriculum design and evaluation, field experience, and supervised student teaching. It also includes 15 credits of courses in linguistics and workshops pertaining to child abuse, substance abuse, and violence prevention.

To receive an M.A. in TESOL with certification, students must also take 2 years of a language other than English, pass the New York State Teacher Certification Exams, and be proficient in English.

Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics

The Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics program prepares students for advanced research in all areas of theoretical linguistics, including syntax, semantics, morphology, phonology, phonetics, and first and second language acquisition. The curriculum provides students with a thorough foundation in the fundamentals of grammatical theory.

Ph.D. students' research covers a variety of areas within linguistics, including acoustic phonetics, bilingualism, experimental phonology, morphology, phonetics, phonology, psycholinguistics, semantics, sociolinguistics, syntax, and tonology.

In addition to formal coursework, students collaborate with faculty and fellow students on a number of activities and attend a wide-range of events.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in Theoretical Linguistics

Students in the Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics program will earn a minimum of 60 credits, which includes 15 credits of core courses and 45 credits of elective courses. Because the program is interdisciplinary in nature, students may take courses in other departments.

Students will also complete and defend 2 publishable-quality research papers, as well as a dissertation. They will acquire proficiency in 2 foreign languages (other than their native languages).

Events and Networking Opportunities

The Department of Linguistics has created a collegial and vibrant environment which includes formal and informal events and activities to enrich students' learning experience. Students may participate in weekly brown bag talks and colloquia and an annual linguistics lecture series that emphasizes connections to other disciplines.

The department also hosts international conferences such as Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics and the Morris International Symposium on Language and Communication. In addition, it hosts meetings of professional organizations such as the Northeast Linguistics Society and the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association.

Faculty and Research

ESL and linguistic faculty members are highly skilled researchers and experts in their fields. They are also specialists in a wide variety of languages and language areas including Austronesian, East Asian, Romance, Semitic, Slavic, and signed languages.

For instance, Distinguished Professor Mark Aronoff, Ph.D. has made significant contributions to the study of morphology and has edited and written books on the subject. He is also part of a team of linguists who is studying an emerging Bedouin sign language.

For another example, ESL faculty member Lynne Barsky has experience teaching all skill areas and levels of ESL, including grammar, reading, writing, and conversational English. She has also edited over 50 ESL textbooks.

Stony Brook University

Established in 1957, Stony Brook University offers to nearly 25,000 students a total of 66 undergraduate majors and 77 minors, 102 master's programs, 40 doctoral programs, and 32 graduate certificate programs. It is located in Stony Brook, New York on Long Island's north shore in the northeastern region of the United States.

The area contains a wide variety of beaches, parks, cultural and entertainment venues, restaurants, and shopping outlets. Furthermore, exciting and culturally-rich New York City is just 60 miles from the university.

Stony Brook University provides outstanding academic and research programs and maintains a diverse community that meets its students' social, cultural, recreational, academic, and leadership development needs. This commitment to academic excellence has earned Stony Brook University a place on the "U.S. News and World Report" 2010 list of the top 100 national universities in the country.

Location & Contact

Program in Linguistics

College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. Richard Larson


Phone: 631-632-7774
Fax: 631-632-9789

Michelle Carbone


Phone: 631-632-7774
Fax: 631-632-9789

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Linguistics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 2
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


28% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 53
    • Accepted 21
    • Acceptance Rate 28
    • Enrolled 11
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students35
    • Female Percentage54%
    • Male Percentage46%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students35
    • Part-time Percentage3%
    • Full-time Percentage97%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian64%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian14%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown15%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty33
    • Full-time Percentage73%
    • Part-time Percentage27%
    • Female Percentage67%
    • Male Percentage33%