12 months
1706 USD/credit 51180 USD/year
1706 USD/credit 51180 USD/year
768 USD/credit 23040 USD/year
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The M.A. in Second Language Acquisition program from University of Maryland is intended primarily as a two-year program for full-time students. A limited number of part-time students would also be admitted. It will provide students with rigorous, comprehensive training in the theory and research of second (including foreign) language learning, teaching and testing, and related areas.


A major program focus includes preparation for those working, or intending to work, in programs for tertiary students and adults studying Modern Languages such as Spanish, French, Italian, German, English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Farsi, and Arabic. Areas of particular faculty expertise include cognitive processes in SLA; language teaching methodology and pedagogy; psycholinguistics; language processing; individual differences in such factors as age, aptitude, and working memory; second language analysis; interlanguage studies; heritage learners; needs analysis; syllabus design; materials writing; learner training; language assessment; program evaluation; second language research methods; task-based language teaching; and uses of technology in language learning and testing.


The M.A. in Second Language Acquisition program from University of Maryland is a 30-credit program, with two tracks: Plan A, by coursework and thesis, and Plan B, by coursework only. These two tracks are meant to accommodate two slightly different populations, those planning to immediately apply to the Ph.D.  program at Maryland or elsewhere (Plan A), and those for whom the M.A. will be an interim degree (plan B).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research And Theories Of SLA
  • Fundamentals Of Language Acquisition And Instruction
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Second Language Analysis
  • Research Issues In Second Language Learning
  • Cognitive Processes In Second Language Learning
  • Second Language Processing
  • Interlanguage Studies
  • Age Effects/Maturation Constraints
  • Special Topics In Second Language Learning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An application form
  • A non-refundable $75 application fee.
  •  College/university transcripts from all institutions previously or currently attended.
  • A Maryland In-State Status form, if you wish to apply for Maryland residency status.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose
  • Verbal and quantitative GRE scores
  • A TOEFL score of 600 or higher on the paper-based version

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    51180 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1706 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    51180 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1706 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    23040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 768 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for College Park

1676 - 2838 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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