Graduate Program Admissions

Graduate Admissions

For any questions not answered below, please contact There is a two-step process for applying to the linguistics graduate program. (1) Apply to the university through CAL STATE APPLY. For deadlines and other information, see  and in the catalog under Graduate Admissions. (2) Then apply to the linguistics department, using the department’s Graduate Application Form. Please send the completed application to: Dr. Rebekha Abbuhl Department of Linguistics California State University, Long Beach 1250 Bellflower Boulevard Long Beach, California 90840-0902 U.S.A.

International students must additionally apply through the University’s Center for International Education–please consult their webpage for criteria and assistance. 

Requirements for admission The general university minimum requirements include:

  • Completion of a four-year college course of study leading to an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Good standing at the last college or university attended.
  • An English language demonstration for applicants who do not have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a U.S. accredited institution. Please consult our webpage for potential MA students that provides both more details about the benefits, opportunities and resources available to students who pursue an MA at CSULB and additional information and links for international students about deferred admission for students who need to enroll in the American Language Institute to perfect their English as well as options for N200 students to be evaluated by the department in lieu of standardized testing. 

The Linguistics department additionally requires:

  • A GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units attempted, excluding lower division and extension coursework taken after the degree.