CLMS to Ph.D. Transition

Students who complete the Computational Linguistics Master of Science Degree and who wish to be admitted to Ph.D. study in Linguistics must satisfy the following:

  • Completion of CLMS degree requirements
  • Completion of Master’s thesis option
  • Completion of three (3) courses required for Linguistics Ph.D. (CompLing track), subject to the following restrictions:
    • Courses must be taught by at least two (2) non-CL Linguistics faculty
    • Courses may not include 570-573
    • The required general linguistics courses for CompLing track PhD degree in linguistics (as above).

The CLMS to PhD transition is done in two steps:

Step 1: Changing from CLMS to post-MS status

  • Students may apply for post-MS status after receiving their CLMS degree.
  • Admission decision is made by the CL faculty.
  • After admission, students pay regular UW tuition for courses.

Step 2: Entering the Linguistics PhD program

  • Applications are due by March 1 each year.
  • Admissions decisions will be made by April 1.
  • The application requirements:
    • Students applying for CLMS-to-PhD transition must have filed their Master's thesis
      at the time of application.
    • Applicants should submit their materials to the appropriate CollectIt dropbox.
    • Additional details may be found here.
  • Admission decision is made by the full linguistics faculty.

Note: Steps 1 and 2 may be completed simultaneously.

Note: To be eligible for this CLMS-to-PhD transition, no more than three years may elapse between your graduating from CLMS and the Autumn quarter that you start PhD study. CLMS students who have been away from the program for longer but are interested in pursuing the PhD can apply to the general linguistics program (to do the CompLing track).