Applied Linguistics MA at ODU

Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics

The ODU MA website can be accessed here.

For detailed information about the program and requirements please see the MA Handbook.

The Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics prepares students to pursue advanced graduate study or to teach in colleges, adult education programs, businesses, private schools, or institutions in other countries. The program requires 33 credits. Two emphases are offered, one in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and one in Sociolinguistics. A graduate certificate in TESOL is also offered. The College of Education offers a Master of Science in Education: Secondary with English as a Second Language Licensure.

Entrance Requirements

All normal university graduate admission requirements apply, and applicants must have a B average in their major field. Applicants must have taken at least 12 hours of undergraduate courses in language or literature (in any language), nine on the upper level. The GRE, two references, and a statement of purpose are required. Non-native speakers of English must submit scores from the TOEFL iBT (88 for regular admission and 80 for provisional admission) or from the TOEFL PBT (570 for regular admission and 550 for provisional admission), a sample of scholarly writing, and three recommendations, one of which evaluates proficiency in English.

Language Requirement

Before graduation, the student must have 12 credits or the equivalent in a single foreign language; this can be at the undergraduate level. After twelve hours of graduate work, international students must score 570 on the TOEFL examination (or 230 CBE or 80 on the iBT).

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