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QS World University Rankings|Linguistics

Rank Title Country Academic Employer Citations Score
1 University of Cambridge United Kingdom 100.0 92.5 47.4 94.0
2 University of Oxford United Kingdom 98.4 92.2 44.8 92.4
3 Harvard University United States 93.1 100.0 73.5 91.8
4 University of California, Berkeley (UCB) United States 89.6 59.1 22.0 79.8
5 Stanford University United States 87.8 53.0 35.6 79.1
6 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States 85.9 50.5 27.3 76.5
7 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom 82.3 54.1 34.5 74.7
8 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States 78.1 64.5 47.1 73.6
9 McGill University Canada 67.4 57.0 60.0 65.6
10 Australian National University Australia 66.5 47.3 70.3 65.0
11= The University of Melbourne Australia 69.3 57.1 32.2 64.4
11= University of Toronto Canada 67.9 46.6 54.5 64.4
13 The University of Tokyo Japan 68.2 36.4 17.9 60.0
14 Peking University China 68.0 45.2 3.2 59.2
15= National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore 66.1 44.4 5.0 57.8
15= University of Chicago United States 58.7 48.7 59.4 57.8
17 The University of Sydney Australia 63.7 45.6 20.9 57.6
18 Cornell University United States 60.6 30.8 59.3 57.5
19 University of Pennsylvania United States 58.2 56.4 39.5 56.2
20 Yale University United States 55.9 56.9 48.3 55.2
21 University of Michigan United States 57.0 41.1 50.2 54.7
22= Princeton University United States 51.8 42.7 77.6 53.5
22= University of Amsterdam Netherlands 62.5 13.8 21.0 53.5
24 University of British Columbia Canada 56.7 43.4 36.9 53.4
25 UCL (University College London) United Kingdom 51.3 52.0 57.2 52.0
26 New York University (NYU) United States 51.8 49.6 32.7 49.7
27 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 58.6 24.5 1.4 49.5
28 Kyoto University Japan 53.9 30.4 15.0 47.7
29 University of Massachusetts, Amherst United States 51.2 20.4 38.1 46.8
30 Macquarie University Australia 50.8 16.4 38.5 46.1
31 The University of Auckland New Zealand 50.7 28.5 22.0 45.6
32 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States 41.8 31.3 73.3 43.9
33 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Germany 49.5 21.5 13.3 43.1
34 University of Birmingham United Kingdom 46.6 32.3 24.4 43.0
35 University of California, San Diego (UCSD) United States 44.5 18.6 52.8 42.7
36 University of Texas at Austin United States 41.6 33.7 57.4 42.4
37 University of Leeds United Kingdom 45.7 36.2 21.0 42.3
38 University of Helsinki Finland 46.2 19.6 32.4 42.2
39 Monash University Australia 45.3 29.2 26.1 41.8
40 University of Vienna Austria 49.1 9.7 12.3 41.5
41 Leiden University Netherlands 48.9 8.1 13.2 41.3
42 King’s College London (University of London) United Kingdom 42.9 29.2 37.5 41.0
43 Lancaster University United Kingdom 43.0 25.5 38.2 40.8
44 Seoul National University Korea, South 48.7 14.1 0.8 40.5
45 Freie Universität Berlin Germany 47.9 11.9 8.7 40.4
46 University of Copenhagen Denmark 46.3 26.8 6.1 40.3
47 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 46.7 20.0 7.1 40.1
48 The University of Manchester United Kingdom 41.4 51.0 17.6 40.0
49 University of Maryland, College Park United States 46.3 0.0 24.8 39.5
50 University of Barcelona Spain 40.2 17.0 49.6 38.8
51-100 Aarhus University Denmark 29.0 24.1 30.4
51-100 Boston University United States 23.0 28.0 97.9
51-100 Brown University United States 33.1 23.2 44.5
51-100 Carnegie Mellon University United States 29.3 18.4 18.4
51-100 Columbia University United States 33.1 56.0 27.9
51-100 Duke University United States 23.6 42.4 34.3
51-100 Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen Germany 32.3 0.0 36.0
51-100 Georgetown University United States 37.6 36.9 41.8
51-100 Indiana University Bloomington United States 30.3 22.9 35.3
51-100 Johns Hopkins University United States 34.4 20.6 58.3
51-100 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Belgium 38.1 0.0 25.3
51-100 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany 35.1 18.9 12.4
51-100 Lund University Sweden 32.5 31.5 25.2
51-100 Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore 27.3 30.1 37.8
51-100 National Taiwan University (NTU) Taiwan 44.3 16.4 16.3
51-100 National Tsing Hua University Taiwan 37.8 0.0 7.0
51-100 Northwestern University United States 23.4 34.9 57.0
51-100 Radboud University Nijmegen Netherlands 33.2 4.0 30.2
51-100 Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg Germany 38.2 15.9 8.1
51-100 Simon Fraser University Canada 28.3 14.8 40.1
51-100 Stockholm University Sweden 42.2 9.0 15.8
51-100 Tsinghua University China 39.0 31.0 0.7
51-100 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Spain 30.8 8.4 9.7
51-100 University of Padua Italy 21.2 0.0 100.0
51-100 Universität Leipzig Germany 37.6 0.0 17.5
51-100 Universität des Saarlandes Germany 31.3 0.0 18.1
51-100 Universität Freiburg Germany 32.2 0.0 18.6
51-100 Universität Hamburg Germany 33.9 2.8 8.7
51-100 Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) Belgium 31.4 0.0 55.9
51-100 University of California, Davis United States 29.5 20.4 38.0
51-100 University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) United States 32.3 21.2 41.4
51-100 University of Groningen Netherlands 38.2 6.1 17.6
51-100 University of Hawaii at Manoa United States 37.0 0.0 7.6
51-100 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States 34.5 31.3 37.9
51-100 The University of New South Wales Australia 28.2 33.8 14.5
51-100 The University of Nottingham United Kingdom 24.5 40.0 29.5
51-100 University of Oslo Norway 36.8 12.9 11.6
51-100 University of Ottawa Canada 35.1 0.0 23.7
51-100 The University of Queensland Australia 35.2 50.0 27.3
51-100 The University of Sheffield United Kingdom 28.3 19.6 20.4
51-100 The University of Warwick United Kingdom 29.3 56.2 12.8
51-100 University of Washington United States 39.7 26.1 29.4
51-100 The University of Western Australia Australia 30.6 29.4 41.3
51-100 University of York United Kingdom 34.0 25.5 50.3
51-100 University of Zurich Switzerland 35.2 8.4 13.6
51-100 Utrecht University Netherlands 41.3 5.0 11.2
51-100 Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand 39.0 24.5 39.9
51-100 VU University Amsterdam Netherlands 33.4 0.0 15.8
51-100 Waseda University Japan 41.3 30.7 8.1
51-100 York University Canada 26.6 9.4 77.9
101-150 Bangor University United Kingdom 23.3 0.0 73.0
101-150 Birkbeck College, University of London United Kingdom 23.0 0.0 73.2
101-150 Brigham Young University United States 19.2 0.0 18.3
101-150 Cardiff University United Kingdom 24.7 22.3 32.9
101-150 City University of New York United States 19.3 0.0 24.4
101-150 Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel 21.0 14.0 15.8
101-150 Michigan State University United States 21.6 18.1 36.2
101-150 Nagoya University Japan 21.5 18.6 7.8
101-150 National Cheng Kung University Taiwan 26.2 4.2 16.7
101-150 National Taiwan Normal University Taiwan 24.7 4.2 4.6

NRC Ranking 2010

The National Research Council assessed programs according to 21 different criteria. Here are the NRC’s five major ratings summarizing those criteria. For a detailed explanation, see our FAQ.

S-Rank: Programs are ranked highly if they are strong in the criteria that scholars say are most important.
Research: Derived from faculty publications, citation rates, grants, and awards.
Students: Derived from students’ completion rates, financial aid, and other criteria.
Diversity: Reflects gender balance, ethnic diversity, and the proportion of international students.
R-Rank: Programs are ranked highly if they have similar features to programs viewed by faculty as top-notch.

Institution, program S-Rank High S-Rank Low Research High Research Low Students High Students Low Diversity High Diversity Low R-Rank High R-Rank Low
Boston U.
Applied Linguistics
29 48 10 24 50 52 33 46 21 48
Carnegie Mellon U.
Modern Languages
9 22 32 45 1 5 1 1 30 51
City U. of New York Graduate Center
Linguistics
38 50 21 34 47 50 11 26 22 42
Cornell U.
Linguistics
28 41 40 47 11 29 2 14 7 23
Georgetown U.
Linguistics
23 32 24 37 26 39 19 34 30 46
Harvard U.
Linguistics
4 19 6 27 3 16 24 42 3 24
Indiana U. at Blooming-
ton

Linguistics
5 13 5 13 18 37 34 43 23 42
Indiana U. at Blooming-
ton

Second Language Studies
37 51 47 50 36 46 8 24 44 52
Johns Hopkins U.
Cognitive Science
1 1 1 1 4 20 43 50 1 19
Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology

Linguistics
9 21 13 23 2 9 25 37 1 17
Michigan State U.
Linguistics
21 30 39 48 4 25 2 10 35 50
New York U.
Linguistics
14 25 19 32 29 43 22 34 4 28
North-
western U.

Linguistics
4 16 6 22 6 23 49 52 17 44
Ohio State U. Main Campus
Linguistics
8 22 19 32 9 27 26 37 5 25
Purdue U. Main Campus
Linguistics
6 20 9 20 3 17 4 21 33 47
Rice U.
Linguistics
38 51 41 49 12 34 19 34 19 39
Rutgers U. at New Brunswick
Linguistics
27 41 28 40 17 33 13 31 4 29
San Diego State U. and U. of California at San Diego
Language and Communicative Disorders
4 16 3 10 8 27 11 27 6 29
Stanford U.
Linguistics
7 21 7 19 9 34 35 45 2 15
State U. of New York at Stony Brook
Linguistics
26 41 18 32 22 39 3 14 17 39
U. at Buffalo (SUNY)
Linguistics
39 51 26 41 42 48 14 31 19 41
U. of Arizona
Linguistics
11 23 12 22 12 27 30 39 13 34
U. of California at Berkeley
Linguistics
5 16 10 23 6 25 43 49 2 20
U. of California at Los Angeles
Applied Linguistics
2 2 2 3 2 15 13 30 12 50
U. of California at Los Angeles
Linguistics
23 32 29 41 9 24 42 49 2 15
U. of California at San Diego
Linguistics
24 38 20 39 23 38 47 51 3 20
U. of California at Santa Barbara
Linguistics
30 46 26 41 39 45 37 47 21 40
U. of California at Santa Cruz
Linguistics
27 43 38 49 2 15 51 52 7 34
U. of Chicago
Linguistics
15 27 4 14 45 50 35 44 1 14
U. of Colorado at Boulder
Linguistics
13 29 4 19 29 40 34 45 18 43
U. of Connec-
ticut

Linguistics Ph.D.
36 49 35 46 18 33 6 25 9 31
U. of Delaware
Linguistics
8 22 10 24 18 33 3 19 9 37
U. of Florida
Linguistics
42 51 47 50 24 42 2 14 41 51
U. of Georgia
Linguistics
35 47 41 47 8 25 40 48 47 52
U. of Hawaii-
Manoa

Linguistics
49 52 50 51 46 51 9 26 16 41
U. of Hawaii-
Manoa

Second Language Acquisition
45 52 35 46 9 33 8 25 33 50
U. of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign

Linguistics
9 22 5 14 39 46 5 18 22 43
U. of Iowa
Second Language Acquisition
39 52 47 50 3 42 2 15 30 49
U. of Kansas
Linguistics
13 29 23 42 15 43 2 13 19 39
U. of Louisiana at Lafayette
Applied Language and Speech Sciences
N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R
U. of Maryland at College Park
Linguistics
3 6 2 10 2 14 19 33 2 26
U. of Massachu-
setts at Amherst

Linguistics
3 5 4 12 3 15 8 22 6 27
U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Linguistics
11 23 14 23 6 26 43 50 11 32
U. of Minnesota-
Twin Cities

Linguistics
29 42 31 41 32 44 26 37 38 50
U. of New Mexico Main Campus
Linguistics
35 49 23 37 49 52 32 43 6 33
U. of Oregon
Linguistics
26 42 24 39 22 46 9 25 28 44
U. of Pennsyl-
vania

Linguistics
6 19 4 12 15 33 32 42 2 18
U. of South Florida
Second Language Acquisition/ Instructional Technology
24 40 51 52 1 8 12 28 47 52
U. of Southern California
Linguistics
10 23 5 16 26 40 2 9 14 40
U. of Texas at Austin
Linguistics
28 44 22 37 47 51 18 33 2 17
U. of Washing-
ton

Linguistics
28 45 28 40 30 46 40 49 19 46
U. of Wisconsin at Madison
Linguistics
27 47 17 33 37 47 15 29 10 45
Yale U.
Linguistics
33 49 29 44 28 42 10 27 15 40
National Research Council 2010
The latest NRC Ranking on Linguistic programs is just out today. Instead of having a definite hierarchy, NRC has chosen to give ranks in terms of range. Nonetheless, we can still satisfy our urge to rank stuff using PhDs.org (link: http://graduate-scho…ngs/linguistics) which utilizes the NRC data but customizes the criterions we deem important. By placing importance to only the NRC Quality measure (equal weighting of extremely important to both regression-based and survey based quality score), Research Productivity (all criterions included as extremely important) and Student Outcome (only placement rate and overall support & outcome as extremely important), the list below ranks the top 11 Linguistic Ph.D. program (just because there were 2 equally ranked universities in the 10th position) in the U.S. (with the range in front and the relevant department behind).1-1 John Hopkins University (Cognitive Science)
2-2 University of California-Los Angeles (Applied Linguistics)
3-9 University of Massachusetts Amherst (Linguistics)
3-9 University of Pennsylvania (Linguistics)
3-10 University of California-Berkeley (Linguistics)
3-12 University of Maryland-College Park (Linguistics)
3-13 University of Chicago (Linguistics)
4-14 Stanford University (Linguistics)
5-15 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Linguistics)
5-16 San Diego State University (Language and Communicative Disorder)
5-16 University of California-San Diego (Language and Communicative Disorder)

Top 10 Colleges For Linguistics College Crunch 2009

1.  University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, is one of the premier universities in the country, and one of the top research institutes in the world. It’s linguistics program was the first program established in the United States. It was established in 1901. Its original mission was to record the minority languages of the United States, particularly those spoken by Native American groups. The Linguistics Department still remains cutting edge today. It continues the tradition of a strong anthropological focus, integrating in-depth analysis, research and documentation with advanced theoretical work focused on phonetics, phonology and morphology, syntax and semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics and the revitalization of language, historical linguistics, typology and cognitive linguistics. Because of its focus on the substance of anthropology and historical linguistics it has established itself as America’s Premier School of Linguistics.

2. Stanford University

Stanford University’s Department of Linguistics is one of the top programs in the nation.
Stanford offers a diverse range of languages its primary scope of active research is very broad and includes acquisition, computational linguistics, historical linguistics, morphology, phonetics, phonology, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, semantics, sociolinguistics, syntax, typology and variation. Stanford’s Linguistics Department works closely with various other schools within California, and non-profits to continue the tradition of being one of the premier linguistics research institutes in the United States.

3. Cornell University

Cornell University’s Linguistic Program remains one of the premier programs in the country. It’s phonetics lab remains the center of its research program that catapults it into the it’s premier status. It offers one of premier Undergrad Linguistics Majors on the East Coast as well.

4.University of California, Los Angeles

UCLA’s Linguistics Department is  one of the major world centers for scientific study of language. The experience of the faculty includes the traditional core areas of phonetics, phonology, syntax and semantics, as well as the interdisciplinary fields of psycholinguistics, language acquisition, historical linguistics, language and mathematics. The faculty also include specialists in African and American Indigenous languages.

5. Penn State University

Penn State has a great linguistics program. It’s real focus appears to be  on Language Acquisition and Historical Linguistics. It remains one of the most influential research institutions in Applied Linguistics it accepts a small amount of students to its graduate program every year keeping its student to teacher ratio small and the program very elite.

6. University of Chicago

The University of Chicago’s Linguistics Department is one of the oldest linguistics department in the United States. One of its outstanding characteristics is its commitment to a wide range of approaches to the study of language. With its never ending commitment to excellence it remains the standard by which many other universities base there linguistics standards and approach on.

7. Amherst University

Amherst University’s Linguistics Department has the top ranked PhD program in theoretical linguistics. It remains an elite school focused on theoretical linguistics and continues to gain in popularity and growth because of its specialized focus.

8. Yale University

The first doctorate in linguistics was granted by Yale University in 1930 and has taught linguistics at the current departmental structure since 1961. It has one of the first class research departments focused on phonology and semantic relationships, and work hard to maintain one of the best graduate programs focused on linguistics in the country.

9. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT Linguistics Group has participated in the study of language since the 1950s. Their main goal has been to discover the rules and relationships underlying the structure of languages and what they reveal about the principles to choose the form and language development. It’s standard of education is what makes it one of the leading research institutes and linguistics labs in the Nation.

10. New York University

NYU Linguistics Department study structural and social aspects of language, and their interaction. They specialize in phonetics and phonology. They work in close collaboration with the MIT linguistics program too.

National Research Council 1995
1 MIT 4.79
2 Stanford 4.59
3 UCLA 4.56
4 Massachusetts 4.44
5 Penn 4.16
6 Chicago 3.97
7 Cal Berkeley 3.97
8 Ohio State 3.80
9 Cornell 3.78
10 Cal Santa Cruz 3.66
11 Texas 3.61
12 Southern Cal 3.58
13 Arizona 3.58
14 Cal San Diego 3.43
15 CUNY 3.41
16 Connecticut 3.36
17 Washington 3.16
18 Illinois 3.10
19 Georgetown 3.00
20 Brown 2.94
21 Harvard 2.92
22 SUNY Buffalo 2.87
23 Pittsburgh 2.83
24 SUNY Stony Brook 2.82
25 Hawaii Manoa 2.79
26 Oregon 2.68
27 Indiana 2.66
28 Delaware 2.60
29 Boston University 2.60
30 Yale 2.57
31 Michigan 2.37
32 Wisconsin 2.20
33 Colorado 2.15
34 South Carolina 1.91
35 Kansas 1.91
36 NYU 1.84
37 Florida 1.78
38 Michigan State 1.76
39 Rice 1.72
40 Texas Arlington 1.26
41 Indiana Univ Pennsylvania 0.55

UK Linguistics league table ranking 2009:
1 Cambridge
2 Oxford
3 Newcastle
4 Queen Mary, London
5 University College London
6 Durham
7 Lancaster
8 Sussex
9 York
10 Edinburgh
11 Essex
12 Leeds
13 Manchester
14 Reading
15 Portsmouth
16 East Anglia
17 Wolverhampton
18 School of Oriental and African Studies
19 Sheffield
20 Westminster
21 Hertfordshire
22 Cardiff
23 York St John
24 King’s College London
25 West of England
26 Bangor
27 Ulster

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