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Accelerated 4+1 BA English (linguistics) and MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

English offers an accelerated degree program in Master of Arts in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, often referred to as 4+1 programs. 4+1 programs provide top undergraduate students in the Linguistics concentration the flexibility to begin taking classes toward their master's degree during their undergraduate degree program.

Academic Success Specialist, Graduate Programs and Internships: Kira Assad

Graduate Program Manager: Sheila Luna

Undergraduate Advisor: Linda Sullivan

MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Advisor: Aya Matsuda

Application Deadlines: April 15 for fall admission; October 1 for spring admission

Applications require the following steps:

  1. Meet with your undergraduate academic advisor to express your interest and verify that you meet the following criteria: Be a BA English (linguistics) major, with 75 credit hours*, a 3.5 GPA in the major, and a 3.0 GPA overall. Please fill out the 4+1 Pre-Application form found on the Department Forms webpage. You will need your undergraduate advisor's signature on the form and to then bring the completed form to the Graduate Academic Success Specialist in RBH 170 before applying.
  2. Once you have received your advisor’s approval and submitted your pre-application form to the Graduate Academic Success Specialist, you will complete a graduate application to the MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program on the Tempe campus. Such an application requires students to submit an online application to Graduate Admissions (https://webapp4.asu.edu/dgsadmissions/Index.jsp) along with the following documents:
    1. A one-page, single spaced statement of purpose detailing background in language study, reasons for wanting to do graduate work in linguistics, and plans for the future. Students should also note which track they plan to pursue (General Linguistics or Applied Linguistics) and why.
    2. A resume.
    3. One letter of recommendation from a Linguistics faculty member in the English department preferably from a 300 or 400 level course.  
  3. The MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics admissions committee will review your file and let you know whether you have been admitted to the accelerated BA/MA Linguistics and Applied Linguisticsprogram shortly after the submission deadline.
  4. Complete and return the 4+1 Agreement Form to the Graduate Academic Success Specialist before courses begin. Please note that you will be required to choose between the General Linguistics track and the Applied Linguistics track before you begin taking courses on the Agreement Form.

*90 credits MUST be completed by the beginning of the 4+1 program (first semester of senior year).

International Students:

Proof of English Proficiency is required for our Master’s programs and can be satisfied in one of two ways:

  • At least 90 semester hours of undergraduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • One of the following results on a standardized English proficiency test: (a) 100 (iBT) or 600 (PBT) or higher on the TOEFL; (b) 7.0 or higher on the IELTS. The MTESOL program will also accept a 68 or higher on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA).

I-20

It is important to remember that once you graduate from the undergraduate program and begin the graduate program, you will have to receive a new I-20. Please stay in close contact with the International Students and Scholars Center: 480-727-4776 or issc@asu.edu

Students will complete all requirements for the BA in English degree (linguistics concentration) and for the Master of Arts in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Done separately, these degrees involve a total of 150 credit hours (120 for the BA, then 30 for the MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics); however, the accelerated BA/MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program involves 12 credit hours that are shared between the bachelor's and master's programs, so the total number of credit hours to complete the accelerated BA/ MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program is 138.  

Below is a timeline detailing how the program would work from the point of applying to graduation for the BA English (Linguistics) to MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program – General Linguistics track:  

TimeActions
junior year -- second semester

Submit application for the accelerated program

Meet with an undergraduate advisor and turn in the pre-application form to the Graduate Academic Success Specialist.

senior year -- first semester

Take the following courses:

1. LIN 510 Linguistics (3cr.) - students must receive an override by filling out this form: https://clas-forms.asu.edu/clas/clas-course-override-form
2. ENG 404 Studies in Second Language Acquisition, ENG 414 Studies in Linguistics, or an approved ENG 400 level Linguistics Upper Division Elective (3cr.)
3. Cultural Diversity in the U.S. (C) - Undergraduate (3cr.)
4. Undergraduate 400-Level Upper Division Elective (3cr.)
5. Undergraduate Upper Division Elective (3cr.)

Meet with an undergraduate advisor and the MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program director.

The shared ENG 400 level linguistics elective must be approved by the Linguistics director.

Note: The courses in bold are credit hours that will be shared between the bachelor's and master's programs.

senior year -- second semester

Take the following courses:

1. LIN 511 Phonetics and Phonology (3cr.) students must receive an override by filling out this form: https://clas-forms.asu.edu/clas/clas-course-override-form
2. ENG 404 Studies in Second Language Acquisition, ENG 414 Studies in Linguistics, or an approved ENG 400 level Linguistics Upper Division Elective (3cr.)  
3. ENG Undergraduate Upper Division Elective (3cr.)
4. ENG Undergraduate Upper Division Elective (3cr.)
5. Undergraduate Upper Division Elective (3cr.)

Meet with an undergraduate advisor and the MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program director. Decide on a Thesis or Applied Project for the culminating experience in the Master's.

The shared ENG 400 level linguistics elective must be approved by the Linguistics director.

Note: The courses in bold are credit hours that will be shared between the bachelor's and master's programs.

MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics -- first semester

Take the following courses:

1. LIN 501 Approaches to Research (3cr.) 
2. LIN 514 Syntax (3cr.) 
3. LIN 599 Thesis or 500/600 level LIN elective (3cr.)

Meet with the MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program director

MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics -- second semester

Take the following courses:

1.600 level LIN elective (3cr.)
2. LIN 515 American English or LIN 516 Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis (3cr.) 
3. LIN 599 Thesis or LIN 593 Applied Project (3cr.)

Meet with the MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program director

To begin taking coursework for the accelerated BA/MA Linguistics and Applied Linguisticsprogram, students must have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours towards their BA. Please note that only six credit hours of 400-level coursework can be applied to the Master’s degree program.

Also, students must demonstrate or provide evidence of competent knowledge of a natural language other than modern English, to be selected by the student, subject to approval of the Linguistics director.  (Language Requirements).

Important Notice to Current International Students: In order for international students to maintain good standing for their VISAs, they must take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester (i.e., 3 classes), 6 of which should be face-to-face classes.

Students will complete all requirements for the BA in English degree (linguistics concentration) and for the Master of Arts in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Done separately, these degrees involve a total of 150 credit hours (120 for the BA, then 30 for the MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics); however, the accelerated BA/MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program involves 12 credit hours that are shared between the bachelor's and master's programs, so the total number of credit hours to complete the accelerated BA/ MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program is 138.  

Below is a timeline detailing how the program would work from the point of applying to graduation for the BA English (Linguistics) to MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program – Applied Linguistics track:

TimeActions
junior year -- second semester

Submit application for the accelerated program

Meet with an undergraduate advisor and turn in the pre-application form to the Graduate Academic Success Specialist.

senior year -- first semester

Take the following courses:

1. LIN 510 Linguistics (3cr.) - students must receive an override by filling out this form: https://clas-forms.asu.edu/clas/clas-course-override-form
2. ENG 404 Studies in Second Language Acquisition, ENG 414 Studies in Linguistics, or an approved ENG 400 level Linguistics Upper Division Elective (3cr.)
3. Cultural Diversity in the U.S. (C) - Undergraduate (3cr.)
4. Undergraduate 400-Level Upper Division Elective (3cr.)
5. Undergraduate Upper Division Elective (3cr.)

Meet with an undergraduate advisor and the MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program director.

The shared ENG 400 level linguistics elective must be approved by the Linguistics director.

Note: The courses in bold are credit hours that will be shared between the bachelor's and master's programs.

senior year -- second semester

Take the following courses:

1. LIN 520 Second Language Acquisition Theories (3cr.) students must receive an override by filling out this form: https://clas-forms.asu.edu/clas/clas-course-override-form
2. ENG 404 Studies in Second Language Acquisition, ENG 414 Studies in Linguistics, or an approved ENG 400 level Linguistics Upper Division Elective (3cr.)  
3. ENG Undergraduate Upper Division Elective (3cr.)
4. ENG Undergraduate Upper Division Elective (3cr.)
5. Undergraduate Upper Division Elective (3cr.)

Meet with an undergraduate advisor and the MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program director. Decide on a Thesis or Applied Project for the culminating experience in the Master's.

The shared ENG 400 level linguistics elective must be approved by the Linguistics director.

Note: The courses in bold are credit hours that will be shared between the bachelor's and master's programs.

MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics -- first semester

Take the following courses:

1. LIN 501 Approaches to Research (3cr.) 
2. LIN 511 Phonetics and Phonology or LIN 514 Syntax (3cr.) 
3. LIN 599 Thesis or 500/600 level LIN or APL elective (3cr.)

Meet with the MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program director

MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics -- second semester

Take the following courses:

1. 500 or 600 level LIN or APL elective (3cr.)
2. LIN 515 American English or LIN 516 Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis (3cr.) 
3. LIN 599 Thesis or LIN 593 Applied Project (3cr.)

Meet with the MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program director

To begin taking coursework for the accelerated BA/MA Linguistics and Applied Linguisticsprogram, students must have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours towards their BA. Please note that only six credit hours of 400-level coursework can be applied to the Master’s degree program.

Also, students must demonstrate or provide evidence of competent knowledge of a natural language other than modern English, to be selected by the student, subject to approval of the Linguistics director.  (Language Requirements).

Important Notice to Current International Students: In order for international students to maintain good standing for their VISAs, they must take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester (i.e., 3 classes), 6 of which should be face-to-face classes.