Educational Linguistics, PhD

College of Education

Program Description:

Welcome to doctoral studies in Educational Linguistics at the University of New Mexico! This website is designed to help you understand and successfully complete the steps necessary to finish the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Educational Linguistics at UNM. It will acquaint you with the resources available to you in the Department of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies (LLSS) in the College of Education, in the Department of Linguistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, and in the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS), as well as the requirements set by the Educational Linguistics program and OGS.

Admission Requirements:

New applicants: The application process, including the submission of all relevant documents for all programs at UNM, is now online and can be initiated at this website:

Three letters of recommendation and a letter of intent are required parts of the application packet. In addition, a writing sample is required; you should submit a copy of the M.A. thesis or a research paper of high quality. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required by the program in Educational Linguistics.

Applicants who completed the M.A. at UNM within the last three semesters must file a “Request for Change or Addition of Degree or Graduate Unit” form, together with:

  1.) A writing sample,

  2.) Three new letters of recommendation, and

  3.) A new letter of intent.

Admissions Process

The Selections Committee of the Educational Linguistics faculty will review complete applications and collectively decide on the suitability of the applicants for our areas of program strength, subject to review by the entire faculty. The decision-making process will include considerations of balance of interests within the program, compatibility of applicant interests with program faculty, and the current limit on admissions.

ALL Applicants: The letter of recommendation forms and letter of intent follow-up information can be found by clicking on “Admission Forms” on this web site:

Checklist for U.S. Applicants:

The Application packet consists of:

  a) Application for Admission: on the application, applicants should write:

    On line 15, Degree Sought……………………………Ph.D.

    On line 16, Graduate Unit…………………………….Ed Ling-LLSS

    On line 17, Major Code………………………………Ph.D. ELNG

  b) Application fee of $50.00

  c) Completed and signed Graduate Application/Residency Form

  d) All undergraduate and graduate transcripts of all colleges you have attended. (Exception: UNM transcript.) Note that you will need TWO official copies of all transcripts:   one sent to the Office of Admissions and one to the LLSS Department)

  e) Three recent letters of recommendation from professors or other persons who can comment on your teaching, scholarship, and potential for doctoral study and research.

  f)  A letter of intent clearly describing your background and areas of interest and why you feel the Educational Linguistics Program at the University of New Mexico is well   suited to help you meet your goals. Guidelines for writing a letter of intent are provided on the following web page under “Admission Forms”:   

  g)  A sample of academic writing, usually an MA thesis or research paper of high quality.

  h)  Resume or curriculum vitae.

International students: In addition to the Educational Linguistics application, international applicants must submit application materials to UNM’s Global Education Office, which can be accessed on-line at

Application Deadline:
The deadline for Ph.D. candidates is December 1, for admittance for the following Fall semester. Applications to the doctoral program are reviewed shortly after this deadline.

Checklist for International Applicants -- See current information at the Global Education Office (GEO) website:

Submit an application packet consisting of items a-h above PLUS:

  i)  Completed financial guarantee form. (Please note that this form must be submitted with your application. This form may be downloaded at:

  i)  Evidence of English language proficiency - IELTS, TOEFL, or Cambridge. The Educational Linguistics program adheres to the general English language proficiency   requirements of UNM. Please check the website of the Global Education Office for current cutoff scores. or   you may call them at (505) 277-5892.

Contact Information:

Mary Gurule: Program Administrator
(505) 277-5282