Applied Linguistics

University of Massachusetts Boston

12 months
35980 USD/year
35980 USD/year
18432 USD/year
Tuition fee
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University of Massachusetts Boston’s Applied Linguistics MA is available on campus and online. The degree program includes concentrations in bilingual education, ESL instruction for English language learners (ELLs), and foreign language pedagogy, which includes English as a Foreign Language. 


Courses are offered in basic theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, and interdisciplinary areas of psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. These courses provide students with a thorough understanding of the linguistic, cultural and ideological considerations that govern language acquisition and use. The program is thus designed to enable students to understand the diversity of issues inherent in the study of language so that they are well prepared to teach and do research in applied linguistics.

Students in the Applied Linguistics program at the University of Massachusetts Boston have the opportunity to conduct research, work with community based organizations or prepare to teach in various contexts, such as public schools, K-12, adult education, and language schools in the United States and abroad. Our campus program offers three types of graduate assistantships: teaching, research, and administrative.

Nearly 25% of our students come from outside the United States, contributing to a learning environment with linguistic and cultural diversity that enriches the department’s intellectual and social life. Our students also represent a variety of American minority groups.

Learning Outcomes

The following six objectives and corresponding learning outcomes are aligned to our mission statement, to the TESOL and ACTFL Standards, and to the ESL Teacher professional standards outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Upon completing the Applied Linguistics course of study, students are expected to:

  • Describe language using appropriate linguistic concepts and terminology;
  • Understand both psychological and social factors associated with language acquisition and development;
  • Comprehend cultural and sociopolitical dimensions of language;
  • Master a variety of language teaching methods;
  • Demonstrate appropriate language pedagogical knowledge; and
  • Articulate reflective and critical knowledge regarding possible links between language pedagogy and policies and greater social justice.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Linguistics
  • Cross Cultural Perspectives
  • Theories and Principles of Language Teaching
  • Methods and Materials in Foreign Language Instruction
  • Integrating Culture into the Language Curriculum
  • Foundations of Bilingual/Multicultural Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • GPA
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Online Application and Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Test Scores
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose

Tuition Fee

  • International

    35980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17990 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    35980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17990 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    18432 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9216 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


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Applied Linguistics
University of Massachusetts Boston