MA Programs in Linguistics and TESOL

We offer several different Master of Arts (MA) degrees and options.

NEW! One Year MA in TESOL

This exciting MA in TESOL program that began in the Fall 2020 is 30 credits (15 per semester). This program will prepare you to teach English as a Second Language to adults both in the United States and internationally. The degree includes courses on classroom practice, theoretical second language acquisition, research methods, assessment, technology in language learning, and issues in teaching in various cultural contexts among others. A special feature of this program is the practicum (6 credits, 3 per semester): in it you will have the opportunity to study learner production data from a variety of L1 learners of English, observe classes in a premier Intensive English Program, and be involved in English for Specific Purposes classes for students studying engineering and information science.

Two Year MA in Applied Linguistics or Applied Linguistics with TESOL Certificate

We offer a terminal, two-year MA degree in Applied Linguistics. Some students also choose to earn their Certificate in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

MA/PhD Program

The MA/PhD program is a combined program designed for students entering with a BA with the intention of earning a PhD. The program consists of core course work, requirements for specific Areas of Concentration (ARCOs), preliminary exams, comprehensive exams, and dissertation work. The ARCOs available are:

Applied Linguistics
Hispanic Linguistics

If none of the above ARCOs is chosen, then the student will be enrolled in the General and Descriptive Linguistics Program.

Questions about whether the two-year MA with TESOL Certificate or the one-year MA/TESOL is right for you? Contact Dr. Alan Juffs at