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Our top-ranked department has been recognized for achievements in research that spans syntax, semantics, phonology, language acquisition, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics.

In 2019 the QS World University Rankings (previously the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings) put the University of Maryland at #3 in its ranking of "Linguistics Degrees" worldwide.
In 2010-2011 the National Research Council (NRC) released its first nationwide assessment of graduate programs in 15 years. It is based on a variety of measures, including publications, research grants, academic reputation, student degree completion and employment success. The NRC did not give a single definitive ranking, avoiding the myth that this could be meaningful.

But the data is nonetheless clear. By the NRC metrics, Maryland is as successful as any other linguistics program in the country.

Of course, the rank of a program does not decide how it will suit a particular student. The students who will thrive at Maryland are those who share our vision for the study of language and for collaborative, interdisciplinary research.

In 2007, the Maryland Department of Linguistics was ranked #1 in the nation in the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (Chronicle of Higher Ed., 1/12/07).

The University of Maryland is among the fastest rising public universities in the nation. In 2008 the Shanghai Jiao Tong Top 500 placed the University of Maryland, College Park, among the top 40 universities in the world, at 37.