Study the Wonders of Language

Are you interested in teaching English as a second language? Our online program is designed with you in mind. Offered fully online, the program prepares you to teach English to a diverse community of bilingual and multilingual learners. You will work with renowned faculty as you develop your knowledge of language and discover innovative teaching techniques. Beyond teaching, a master’s degree in applied linguistics opens doors to further graduate studies, careers with non-profit organizations, and many other opportunities.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration 2 Years
Foreign Language Required for MA, Optional for MS
Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours 30 to 36 Hours
Thesis Requirements Thesis and non-thesis options available

Applied Linguistics with an Emphasis in TESOL (MA/MS) :: Big Easy Links

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Applied Linguistics (MA/MS) TESOL Emphasis :: 1.3 SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN APPLIED LINGUISTICS

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A master’s DEGREE IN Applied Linguistics with an Emphasis in TESOL

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Applied Linguistics (MA/MS) TESOL Emphasis :: Emphases and Minors

Focus Your Passion

The Department of Literature and Languages offers both Thesis and Non-Thesis tracks towards earning your master’s degree.

Study What Interests You

Earn a certificate as part of your graduate curriculum. Certificates recognize your skills and expand job opportunities.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Graduate Certificate

This certificate is ideal for students who either already hold a completed graduate degree or are actively in the process of earning a graduate degree and wish to earn this certificate in conjunction with their degree. In addition to the enhanced professional status that the Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) brings, this Certificate will enable the holder to meet the 18-hour SACS requirement to teach at the College level.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

18 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Applied Linguistics (MA/MS) TESOL Emphasis :: Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight

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Applied Linguistics (MA/MS) TESOL Emphasis :: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

what you will learn

A master’s degree in Applied Linguistics with an emphasis in TESOL will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Live or work abroad while completing the program
  • Study the structure and use of the English language
  • Learn pedagogical principles for teaching English in a diverse classroom
  • Explore the cognitive and developmental constraints on language acquisition
  • Benefit from state-of-the-art research tools including speech lab and eye-tracking equipment
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Research

Interested in Applied Linguistics research?

Graduate students in the Master’s in Applied Linguistics and Ph.D. in English have access to our Applied Linguistics Laboratory and state of the art equipment:

  • Accent Coach
  • Computerized Speech Lab (residential students)
  • Eye-tracking equipment (residential students)

Current associated faculty specialize in a range of areas applicable to Applied Linguistics:

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Prosody
  • Pragmatics
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Pedagogical Grammar
  • Humor Studies

Visit our Applied Linguistics Laboratory page for more information.

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Applied Linguistics (MA/MS) TESOL Emphasis :: Careers

Careers

Earning your master’s degree in Applied Linguistics with an emphasis in TESOL from A&M-Commerce opens doors to education, research and more. Gain the skills you need to succeed whether you work locally or abroad.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

TESOL
$53,630

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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Applied Linguistics (MA/MS) TESOL Emphasis :: FEATURED COURSES

Featured Courses

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Applied Linguistics (MA/MS) TESOL Emphasis :: Course Delivery and Resources

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Course Delivery

Complete your master’s degree face-to-face, online or a mixture of both. Whether you live overseas or nearby, you can complete your degree in no time. No visa, no problem! Study in your home country without needing a visa. No matter where you are, we’re here to walk with you along the way.

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Applied Linguistics (MA/MS) TESOL Emphasis :: Student Organizations

Student organizations

The Spanish and English Graduates for Advancement and Development (SEGAD) is a graduate student organization within the Department of Literature and Languages. Here you can develop as an academic professional who’s ready to enter the job market and professional world.

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Graduate Program Cost

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,669 for Texas residents and $7,341 for non-residents.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs

Admission

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Applied Linguistics (MA/MS) TESOL Emphasis :: Program Admission Requirements US

Deadlines

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Applied Linguistics, MS or Applied Linguistics, MA” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Provisional Status

After you submit your application, you may be granted provisional status, which means you can enroll in one semester of courses. You will not be eligible for financial aid until you submit all of your documents and are accepted into the program.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Letter of Recommendation

Request one signed letter of recommendation, on letterhead, from a professional who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program. That individual should:

Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

Statement of Goals

Describe your preparation for graduate work, your academic interests and goals in no more than 500 words.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Test Scores (if required)

You do not need to submit GRE scores if you have:

  • A completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 2.75 GPA overall or higher
  • A completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.00 GPA overall or higher
  • Completion of 12 graduate hours from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.00 GPA or higher
  • 3.00 GPA or higher on last 60 hours of undergraduate degree

If you do not meet the GPA exemption criteria, request that your GRE® scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Applied Linguistics (MA/MS) TESOL Emphasis :: Program Admission Requirements Intl.

Deadlines

  • Fall admission consideration: June 1
  • Spring admission consideration: October 15
  • Summer admission consideration: March 15

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Applied Linguistics, MS or Applied Linguistics, MA” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $75 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

  • Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to:
    Texas A&M University-Commerce

    Attn: Graduate School
    2600 S. Neal St.
    Commerce, Texas 75428

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Letter of Recommendation

Request one signed letter of recommendation, on letterhead, from a professional who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program. That individual should:

Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce Texas 75428

Statement of Goals

Describe your preparation for graduate work, your academic interests and goals in no more than 500 words.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

GRE Scores

You do not need to submit GRE scores if you have:

  • A completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 2.75 GPA overall or higher
  • A completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.00 GPA overall or higher
  • Completion of 12 graduate hours from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.00 GPA or higher
  • 3.00 GPA or higher on last 60 hours of undergraduate degree.

If you do not meet the GPA exemption criteria, request that your GRE® scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

English Proficiency

You do not need to submit test scores if you have completed (all years) of a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States.

Request that your scores from one of the following be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce:

  • TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 100, or CBT 250, or PBT 600)
  • IELTS (Minimum Score: 7.5 band overall)

*Scores must be less than two years old.

Official Sponsor Documents

Submit these documents to the Office of International Programs once you have been admitted

  • Official sponsor statement
  • Bank statement from the sponsor with a balance of at least $26,025 USD which is less than 1 year old

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Funding

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Accreditation

Texas A&M University-Commerce is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), one of the six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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