Top schools offering PhD in Linguistics degree program:

The University of Texas at Arlington (USA)
- The Ph.D. in Linguistics degree program provides training in field linguistics and documentary linguistics, in the primary areas of the field in sound, syntax, and meaning and in second language acquisition, as well as training in linguistic computing and experience in presenting original research.
- In 1995, the Chronicle of Higher Education ranked the UT Arlington program in Linguistics at 40th out of over 120 linguistics programs nationwide.
- In 1998, the State of Texas granted permanent approval for a Doctoral in Linguistics Program at UT Arlington, one of three Ph.D. Linguistics programs in Texas and the only such program in North Texas.

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (UK)
- The PhD in Linguistics is a research training programme which combines foundational and advanced courses in the core areas of linguistics, training on research methods and research work leading to a dissertation.
- The 2008 RAE puts SOAS amongst the top research universities in the country.
- In 2006 SOAS is placed among the top 20 European universities in the Times Higher Education Supplement rankings.

Bangor University (UK)
- Students preparing for the PhD in Linguistics usually take an MA in Linguistics (or Applied Linguistics) first, either at Bangor or other institutions.
- The PhD programmes include both generic and subject-specific research training at an advanced level.
- The programme can be completed in 3-4 years full-time or 5-7 years part-time.
- Bangor is placed 15th in the UK within the THES 'Access Elite' group of universities.

University of California, Davis (USA)
- The UC Davis Ph.D. in Linguistics program is supported by a wide array of faculty and encompasses numerous research areas.
- Linguistics at UC Davis distinguishes itself from other UC campuses by offering an area of emphasis in second language acquisition and development (SLAD).
- UC Davis is ranked 108th globally in THE-QS World University Rankings 2009.
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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek