Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics

The Department of English at Grand Valley State University offers an M.A. in Applied Linguistics that provides students with foundational knowledge of linguistics and its practical application to real world concerns. It addresses issues in language teaching and learning, language assessment, second language  acquisition and literacy development, cross-cultural communication, and empirical research in language learning and acquisition. The overall goal of the program is to train students to become knowledgeable and skilled English language specialists who can work in a variety of professional careers in applied linguistics at home and abroad such as second language education, adult literacy development, language assessment and evaluation, various domestic and international contexts of TESOL, language program administration, and publishing.  Our program is:

Comprehensive.  Curriculum provides students with foundational knowledge of linguistics and its practical application to real world concerns.

Career-Focused. Graduates are prepared for domestic and international careers in applied linguistics, including second language education, adult literacy development, language assessment and evaluation.

Individual. Students have the opportunity to tailor the program to individual research and career interests through a hands-on practicum experience, and choice of a culminating thesis or project.

The Student Initiated Combined Degree program offers students a unique opportunity to combine undergraduate and graduate degree programs that meet their personal, academic, and career goals. Working with faculty advisors, students can combine degrees from different disciplines and tailor their own student-centered and goal-driven educational experience. The Student Initiated Combined Degree program provides students with extraordinary educational freedom and flexibility while reducing the time required to complete both programs separately. The Student Initiated Combined Degree program offers students a unique opportunity to combine undergraduate and graduate degree programs that meet their personal, academic, and career goals. Working with faculty advisors, students can combine degrees from different disciplines and tailor their own student-centered and goal-driven educational experience. The Student Initiated Combined Degree program provides students with extraordinary educational freedom and flexibility while reducing the time required to complete both programs separately. 

For further program information, please contact the English Department office in Lake Huron Hall (616) 331-3400, or email Shinian Wu, Director of the MA-Applied Linguistics Program, 213 Lake Huron Hall, (616) 331-3690.



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