Apply for Graduate Studies

Applications to UNM graduate programs are fully online. This system will allow you to upload all necessary documents including copies of your transcripts. Within the application, make sure to click the Application Instructions to see Linguistics-specific requirements. 

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Students who have completed the baccalaureate degree only should apply for admission to the M.A. program, not to the Ph.D. program. Completion of a master's degree is a prerequisite for admission to the Ph.D. program.


For the PhD program, admission is available for the fall only. The deadline for best consideration is December 15. If you wish to be considered for financial aid, we must receive your application by December 15. Late applications will not be considered for aid, but may be considered for admission on a space-available basis. Applications that are not complete by March 31 will not be considered for admission for the following fall semester.

For the M.A. Program, admission is available for fall or spring.

  • For consideration for financial aid, the deadline is December 15 for all applicants.
  • For admission without aid, to begin study in the Fall semester, the deadline for best consideration is March 31.
  • For admission without aid, to begin study in the Spring semester, the deadline for best consideration is October 31 (October 1 for international applicants).
  • International applicants need to submit applications by the deadlines listed for International Admissions. Although these are stated as “best consideration” deadlines, in almost all cases you need to apply well before these dates to allow time for admissions and visa processing.

There are no summer admissions, nor are there typically any graduate courses offered in the summer semester.