We offer several different Master of Arts (MA) degrees and options.
NEW! One Year MA in TESOL
This exciting new MA in TESOL program beginning in 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.
The Department of Linguistics welcomes graduating Pitt seniors to apply for our One Year MA in TESOL by June 15, 2020. If you have a 3.25 GPA in any major, you are welcome to apply for streamlined admission.
Two Year MA in Applied Linguistics or Applied Linguistics with TESOL Certificate
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:
If none of the above ARCOs is chosen, then the student will be enrolled in the General and Descriptive Linguistics Program.