M.A. On Campus Online

Applied Linguistics

18 months
18906 USD/year
3910 USD/year
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With Massey University’s Master of Applied Linguistics, you’ll help make second-language teaching work in a multilingual world.


The Master of Applied Linguistics at Massey University provides professionals in all areas of second-language teaching (including Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)) with a combination of professional and research skills which is increasingly important in both domestic and international settings.

Get real-world skills

You’ll use theories, methods and problem-based approaches that address real-life language issues in our globalised and digitally mediated world.

Draw on Massey’s research strengths

Massey’s research strengths include:

  • heritage language learning
  • mother tongue maintenance
  • online second-language communities
  • distance/online language learning
  • sociocultural adjustment of international students and their teachers to their presence in New Zealand universities
  • language learning and emotion
  • bi/multilingualism
  • oral proficiency
  • teaching and assessment
  • language education policy.

Research opportunities

In the Master of Applied Linguistics you’ll complete a research report (60 credits) or thesis (120 credits). Recent areas of student research include:

  • investigating needs of non-income-earning students in community English classes
  • the development of teacher identity among student teachers in Thailand
  • navigating cultural conflict and dissonance in the immigrant ESL classroom
  • the role of motivational beliefs in self-regulated learning for Kanji acquisition
  • vocational tertiary students’ imagined experiences of learning English with native speakers in an Indonesian rural setting
  • perceptions of Bhutanese students, parents and teachers of their learning progress in a New Zealand secondary school
  • a case study of teacher beliefs and student attitudes on L1 use in multilingual classrooms.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Second Language Learning Theories and Processes
  • Contemporary Approaches to Language Teaching Methodology
  • Contextualising Curriculum and Materials Design
  • Current Issues in Applied Linguistics
  • Research Report
  • Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements


To enter the Master of Applied Linguistics you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor degree with at least a B grade average across the 200-300 level courses, and
  • at least one full-time year of relevant teaching experience (or equivalent), or
  • have been awarded or qualified for a postgraduate diploma in second language teaching or a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics, or equivalent.

You will have at least a B+ grade average for entry to the Research Pathway, or at least a B grade average for entry to the Coursework Pathway.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18906 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18906 USD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    3910 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3910 USD per year during 18 months.

National: 6,982 NZD International: 33,760 NZD

Living costs for Palmerston North

1100 - 2100 NZD /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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