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Apply to the Computational Linguistics M.A. Program

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 15 for international students
                                                       June 1 for domestic students

Apply:  SLATE Graduate Admissions

For admission to the   M.A.  program in Computational Linguistics, the following are normally required:

Bachelor's degree and official transcripts
A bachelor's degree is required. Students must present evidence that such a degree will be awarded by the time they begin graduate work. Official electronic transcripts sent directly from the educational institution are accepted as official.  Electronic transcripts are to be sent to  One official copy of all previous transcripts for all colleges and universities attended, including junior and senior college and graduate transcripts (if applicable).  You will need to upload copies of your transcripts onto the  SLATE application system in addition to official submission.  Uploaded copies are for review purposes only. Questions about your transcripts?  Go to Graduate School FAQ page to view the Q&A drop down list when you click on Transcripts:    Graduate School FAQ

Transcripts should be mailed to:

Michelle Carbone
Department of Linguistics
Room: S-201
Social  & Behavioral Sciences Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook,  NY 11794-4376

Cumulative   GPA  3.0
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (or its foreign equivalent) on a four-point scale. If you have attended graduate school and obtained a master’s degree, and the   GPA  is over 3.0, then the   GPA  of the undergraduate school can be below 3.0 for regular admission.

Three (3) letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation from three former instructors are required. If the applicant already has pertinent work experience, e.g. as part of a software development team, some of these letters can also be from employers who are qualified to comment on the candidate’s qualifications.  Your letters of recommendation are generated through SLATE at the time of the application; the recommender can then reply electronically. 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Stony Brook Graduate School policy has long required a GRE general test score from all applicants.  The Graduate School atStony Brook has decided to waive the GRE General Test requirement for a period of two years, effective immediately.  applicants will not have to submit GRE general test scores for the the 2021-2022 application cycle. 

Writing sample
The writing sample may take one of two forms:

a short paper written for a previous course, ideally related to language, mathematics, or computation, or

a 2-page document describing a completed or ongoing programming project, including a link to an online repository hosting the code 

Statement of purpose

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

TOEFL  Score
Non-native speakers of English must have obtained a minimum score of 600 (paper), 250 (computer), or 100 (iBT) on the   TOEFL test.

Students must be accepted by both the Department of Linguistics and the Graduate School.

For general information on the admissions process, see the Graduate bulletin.

Important Note:

1) If you have questions, please contact the department via email ( 

2) Due to the worldwide closure of testing centers, the Department of Linguistics is waiving the GRE requirement for applications to its MA programs for Fall 2022.  This includes applications to the MA-TESOL, MA in Computational Linguistics, and the MA in Linguistics.  

For international applicants, scores from the Duolingo English test will be accepted in lieu of scores from IELTS or TOEFL.  For Duolingo links, visit:  English proficiency requirements