Master of Arts in English as a Second Language (ESL)

The Department of Linguistics offers an MA in Teaching English to speakers of other languages which prepares students for careers in teaching English as a second language and/or foreign language and language arts instruction for K-12 (with additional certification and course work from the College of Education). Our MA programs also serve as an excellent foundation for doctoral studies in second language acquisition and the teaching of English as a second language.

Degree Requirements*
The MA in Linguistics degree is a 36-hour program.
* Requirements below will first appear in the 2021-22 catalog

Course requirements include:
12 hours of core courses
24 hours of foundation courses

Students who elect to write a thesis will take 6 hours of thesis LING 5950 in lieu of 6 elective hours.


Core Courses – 12 hours

*LING 5040 - Principles in Linguistics - Needed prerequisite if your degree does not have a background in Linguistics
LING 5070 - Research Design in Linguistics
LING 5075 - Quantitative Research Methods in Linguistics
LING 5300 - Phonology I
LING 5310 - Syntax I
LING 5530 - Semantics and Pragmatics I


Foundation Courses – 24 hours

The eight foundation courses should be decided in consultation with the graduate advisor.