In the most recent (1995) National Research Council rating of graduate programs in the United States, MIT Linguistics program was ranked first nationally. The MIT Linguistics Group has been engaged in the study of language since the 1950's. The program covers the traditional subfields of linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and psycholinguistics) as well as interfaces with philosophy and logic, speech science and technology, computer science and artificial intelligence, and study of the brain and cognition. (

The Stanford University Department of Linguistics is a top center for research and teaching. It offers the following Graduate Degree Programs:
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy with Cognitive Science Designation
  • Doctor of Philosophy Minor
  • Master of Arts
Ranking of Top Linguistics Doctoral Programs (US):

1. MIT

2. Stanford U


4. UMass (Amherst)

5. Univ of Pennsylvania

6. UC Berkeley

6. Chicago

8. Ohio State U

9. Cornell U

10. UC Santa Cruz

Source: National Research Council 1995

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