MA with Specialization in Applied Linguistics

Entering students must take LING 1000 (Introduction to Linguistics) if they have not already taken an equivalent introductory course, but LING 1000 will not count toward the 30 credits required for the MA degree.

Requirements: three classes in addition to the general requirements as follows:

  • LING 2146: Second Language Acquisition
  • one language pedagogy course
  • and one of the following:
    • LING 2945: Psycholinguistics
    • LING 2147: Current Issues in Second Language Acquisition
    • LING 2149: Special Topics in Applied Linguistics
    • a course in first language development​

Suggested Sequence for MA in Applied Linguistics

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
Phonetics Phonology Pedagogy Course Sociolinguistics
Morphology or Elective Syntactic Theory Elective Structures of English or Elective
Research Methods Second Language Acquisition Seminar in Applied Linguistics Elective outside the Department or seminar

Suggested Sequence for MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL Certificate

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
Phonetics or Elective Syntactic Theory or Elective Morphology or Elective Phonology or Elective
Second Language Teaching Structures of English Phonetics or Elective Sociolinguistics or Elective
Research methods Second Language Acquisition Assessment in the School of Edcuation Materials Development
Practicum Practicum Practicum Practicum

(Note that the practicum is offered each term but students are only required to take it once.)


Robert T. Henderson Scholarships

The family of Robert T. Henderson has created a permanent endowed fund to provide annual scholarships of approximately $2,500 each to a qualified graduate student(s) of the Department of Linguistics, School of Arts and Sciences, or Department of Instruction and Learning, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh. Between one and three scholarships are made each year.

Each applicant must have a career commitment to the field of TESOL and be a declared candidate for, or already have received, the certificate in TESOL from the Department. The purpose of the award is to provide financial support for expenditures demonstrated relevant to the degree and certificate program as well as to the applicant’s career plans. Read more . . .