Departmental Scholars Program in Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics accepts applications for this program once per academic year.

The Departmental Scholar Program (DSP) allows exceptional juniors and seniors to pursue the bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously. Nomination as a Departmental Scholar is an honor that carries practical benefits– the graduate application process is simplified, and advanced students are granted access to graduate level classes and an opportunity to do graduate level research under the direct supervision of UCLA’s distinguished faculty.

DSP applications are reviewed by the department’s faculty. The department will nominate students to the Dean of the Division of Honors and the Dean of Graduate Division for admission to the program. Upon approval from these two entities, the student is formally admitted to the DSP.

Department Scholars begin taking graduate level courses for the M.A. in the following Fall quarter.

Eligibility for Admission

Students seeking nomination to Linguistics’ Departmental Scholar Program must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Completion of 24 courses (96 quarter units) at UCLA or the equivalent at a similar institution
  • A 3.5 overall grade point average
  • A 3.5 overall grade point average in a Linguistics major
  • Completion of Linguistics 103, 120A, 120B, 120C, and TWO of the following: 165A, 165B, 165C, and 185A. It’s recommended that applicants take ALL THREE of the following classes: 165A, 165B, 165C. 
The Application

The Linguistics DSP application consists of:

  • A completed Departmental Scholar Nomination Form
  • One official UCLA transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation from two Linguistics faculty members
  • A short statement of purpose commenting on your intellectual and research interests
    (The statement of purpose should also touch on your immediate and long-range goals in the field.)

Departmental Scholars are not required to take the GRE. However, students planning to apply in the future to other programs or universities for graduate school should consider taking the GRE general test.