Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, MA

This MA in linguistics and applied linguistics focuses on the study of human language and the application of that study to the human condition. The curriculum provides foundational training in linguistics and applied linguistics at the master's level with focused research in several areas such as phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Second language acquisition and second language teaching and learning, TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages), language contact and change (including World Englishes,) are also research possibilities in addition to sociolinguistics, language planning, discourse analysis, language and cognition.

Candidates for admission to the Master of Arts in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics must submit the following:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. 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
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Resume or vita
  5. Official transcripts
  6. Proof of successful completion of (at least) one upper-division course in linguistics, language study, or related topic.

*The GRE is not required for this program.

International students must have an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS score report sent to the Graduate College. Please refer to the English Proficiency Score requirements.

Department of English application process.

Application Deadlines:  January 15, April 15 for fall admission; September 15 for spring admission

Degree Offered

Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, MA
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Plan of Study

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Application Deadline

THREE deadlines: September 15 for spring, and January 15 and April 15 for fall.

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