Shrewsbury, United States
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Full Degree
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Program Overview

Program Description:

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. This program includes concentrations in bilingual education, ESL instruction for English language learners (ELLs), and foreign language pedagogy, which includes English as a Foreign Language. 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

The program is thus designed to enable students to understand the diversity of issues inherent in the study of language so they are well prepared to teach and do research in applied linguistics. Students pursuing the MA in Applied Linguistics have a wide range of opportunities, including conducting research, working with community-based organizations, or preparing to teach in various contexts, such as public schools, K-12, adult education, and language schools outside the United States. Many of our students go on to pursue doctoral work in such fields as linguistics, education, and literacy studies. Prospective students need not have teaching experience to be considered for acceptance into the program.

The program operates on a cohort model whereby all participants complete the same program of study over a two-year period.

Program Highlights:

  • First - Rate Faculty
  • Flexibility and Convenience
  • Teaching English as a Second Language Concentration

Additional Program Information

The University of Massachusetts campuses (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and Worcester) are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits schools in the six New England states.

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