Applied Linguistics MA

Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics

We offer a 36-point Masters of Arts degree for students wishing to pursue research in applied linguistics. Through comprehensive and innovative coursework, hands-on experiences in our on-campus language school, and research projects, you’ll explore the theoretical and practical applications of applied linguistics.

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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 36
  • Entry Terms: Fall Only

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): April 15

* Fall 2020 deadline extended to May 1.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • See program website for TOEFL/IELTS policies and score minimums for non-native English speakers
  • Video essay required (included in online application)

Course Requirements

Master of Arts (36-37 points)

The Applied Linguistics and TESOL Program offers a Master of Arts degree with three tracks: Applied Linguistics, TESOL General, and TESOL K-12 with Initial Certification. Please see the track descriptions below for detailed curriculum information.

Students earning the Masters of Arts degree have four types of requirements: general courses, core courses (specific to each track), elective and breadth courses, and an exit project. All course decisions should be made in consultation with the student's faculty advisor. The core, elective, and breadth courses for each track are included below.

General Courses (15 points for AL and TESOL General. 12 points for TESOL PK-12.):

  • A&HL 4000: Educational Linguistics (3)
  • A&HL 4085: Pedagogical English grammar (3)
  • A&HL 4087: Introduction to second language acquisition (3)
  • A&HL 4088: Second language assessment (3)
  • One Language use course from the following (for AL and TESOL General only):
    • A&HL 4001: Sociolinguistics and education (3)
    • A&HL 4104: Discourse analysis (3)
    • A&HL 4105: Conversation analysis (3)
    • A&HL 4106: Text and textuality (3)

Core Courses (9 points; see below for each track)

Elective and Breadth Courses (12 points for AL and TESOL General only. For TESOL PK-12, see below.):

  • Elective courses or workshops in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (3-6 points):
    • A&HL 4001: Sociolinguistics and education (3)
    • A&HL 4089: Teaching writing to ESL students (3)
    • A&HL 4101: Phonetics and phonology (3)
    • A&HL 4104: Discourse analysis (3)
    • A&HL 4105: Conversation analysis (3)
    • A&HL 4106: Text and textuality (3)
    • A&HL 5008: Interlanguage analysis (3)
    • A&HL 5011: Technology-based language teaching and material design (3)
    • A&HL 5020: Interactional sociolinguistics (3)
    • A&HL 5085: Advanced syntax (3)
    • A&HL 5087: SLA in the classroom (3)
    • A&HL 5105: Classroom discourse (3)
    • A&HL 5106: Language socialization (3)
    • A&HL 5512: Historical perspectives on language testing research (3)
    • A&HL 5519: Instructed second language acquisition and assessment (3)
    • A&HL 6031: Advanced conversation analysis (3)
    • A&HL 6040: Classroom-based language assessment (3)
    • A&HL 6060: Generalizability theory for second language assessment research (3)
    • A&HL 6087: Advanced second language acquisition (3)
    • A&HL 6089: Second language performance assessment (3)
    • A&HL 6097: Task-based language learning (3)
  • Required out-of-program breadth TC courses (6 points total):
    • Chosen with advisor’s approval.

Exit Project:

  • In addition to course requirements, students must complete a master’s project written on a research topic arising from their course-related interests and subject to approval by their advisor. This project can be a literature review, a teacher development literature review, or an empirical study, and is normally completed during the last semester of study.

Students can normally expect to complete the M.A. in Applied Linguistics or TESOL in four semesters (i.e., two years).

Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (36 points)

The Applied Linguistics track offers a 36-point Masters of Arts degree for students wishing to pursue research.

Core Courses (specific to Applied Linguistics track) (9 points):

  • A&HL 4077            TESOL classroom practices (3)
  • A&HL 5301             Practicum I: Integrated skills (3)
  • A&HL 5575             Research literacy in applied linguistics and TESOL (3)

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