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Master in Applied Linguistics

Program Details

The MA Program in Applied Linguistics at UMass Boston is comprehensive in its scope and designed to introduce students to the theoretical, empirical and practical dimensions of applied linguistics. The Program emphasizes both theory and practice. These areas of inquiry are reflected in faculty and student research and the intellectual diversity characterizing the content of the various courses that students will be taking.

Its interdisciplinary core curriculum includes courses in:

  • basic theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics
  • psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics
  • discourse analysis and ethnographic research methods
  • ESL/EFL methodologies
  • cross cultural studies


This program requires field experience.

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Candidates must have at least a 3.0 GPA, preferably in a relevant field of study such as foreign language, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, English, history, political science or psychology
  • Official academic transcripts from schools previously attended
  • Two references
  • Written statement

Accreditation & Licensing

New England Commission of Higher Education


The University of Massachusetts Boston is currently not accepting students for online study who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, or Minnesota, due to regulations in those states. Please contact your state's Board of Education for details.