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Case Western Reserve University has standard criteria for all applicants to graduate programs. These include standard GRE scores, at least three letters of recommendation, official transcripts from degree-granting institutions, and, for all international students, recent TOEFL scores.

The admissions process for the M.A. in Cognitive Linguistics would additionally require a statement of purpose and a writing sample. Applicants will be expected to have a formation in one of the areas that contributes to cognitive linguistics, but the history and quality of that formation will need to be judged case-by-case. For example, an applicant may have come to the study of cognitive linguistics after taking an undergraduate degree in cognitive science, computer science, neurobiology, psychology, languages and literature, or formal linguistics, and have acquired through work in industry or self-directed study a familiarity with the elements of cognitive linguistics. Applicants for the degree program will also be expected to have demonstrated an interest in research and the likelihood of being able to complete a research-oriented thesis. We routinely calculate equivalencies of foreign degrees and coursework.

Potential applicants should send initial inquiries to Professor Todd Oakley, director of the program, at

Applications for the degree program are submitted online only: visit and read the Graduate School Application Page and then click on the link reading “Apply online through Hobsons.”

Students interested in non-degree enrollment should consult the School of Graduate Studies webpage for Non-Degree Students.

In order to consider each applicant’s case fully and fairly for the 2013-2014 academic year, we prefer to receive all materials (including the online application, statement of purpose, writing sample, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, standard GRE scores, and, for all international students, recent TOEFL scores) by 1 May 2013.