Applied Linguistics

MS-Applied Linguistics  (MS-APPL)

MA-Applied Linguistics  (MA-APPL)

Area of Emphasis Available:

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
TESOL (EFL/ESL) and specialization in ESL (ESL for Children)

The MA/MS-Applied Linguistics program incorporates cutting-edge pedagogical and research strategies for students who wish to pursue careers in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages as a primary or complementary discipline, including teaching at the university level and teaching English as a second language abroad. Students may complete the program online, face to face, or by using a combination of instruction modalities, which is ideal for in-service teachers and students who also teach abroad and desire credentials from a fully-accredited institution with a faculty consisting of internationally-recognized linguists who specialize in the field. Students have the option of following a 30-hour thesis path or the 36-hour non-thesis/independent research option in order to fulfill their career goals.

STARTING SUMMER 2017 applications:    Please note that if proof of language proficiency is being provided by TOEFL or IELTS scores, the required scores for the MA/MS in Applied Linguistics are higher than the Texas A&M University-Commerce institutional minimum. 

Required Documents for Admission

Admission Consideration Requirements for All Students

  • Apply Texas Application
  • Application fee:  $50 domestic student 
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).
  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation
  • At least one of the following:

    • Official General Test GRE scores or
    • A completed master's degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 3.00 overall GPA or
    • An awarded bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with:
      • at least a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours of the degree or
      • an overall GPA of at least a 2.75 of the degree or
    • Completion of 12 graduate hours with a minimum of 3.00 overall from a regionally accredited institution
  • Statement of Goals

Additional Admission Consideration Requirements for International Students Only

  • Application fee, $75.00, US dollars (this may be paid online when you apply)
  • Bank Statement from the sponsor, must reflect a balance of at least $26,024.82 USD (must be less than 1 year old)
  • Official sponsor statement
  • Official transcripts (with a copy of the provisional certificate or diploma)
    For more information on official transcripts, please click here and read FAQ question:  What transcripts do I submit for my admission?

  • English Proficiency:

    • Official TOEFL (IBT at least 79, or CBT at least 213, or PBT at least 550), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • IELTS (at least overall 6.00 band), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor's degree or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university, or
  • English Proficiency (new requirements starting with Summer 2017 applications)

    Please note that if proof of language proficiency is being provided by TOEFL or IELTS scores, the required scores for the MA/MS in Applied Linguistics are higher than the Texas A&M University institutional minimum.

    1. An official TOEFL (IBT at 100, CBT at least 250, or PBT at least 600).  Scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    2. An official IELTS (at least overall 7.5 band). Scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    3. Completion (all years) of a bachelor's degree or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university, or

Application Packet Submission Deadline:

Domestic student applications are accepted throughout the year.

International student applications (including all required documents and for programs that are not fully online) have the following deadlines:

Fall admission consideration:          June 1

Spring admission consideration:     October 15

Summer admission consideration:  March 15