Master of Art (M.A.) in Applied Linguistics at Grand Valley State University
Applied Linguistics is an ever-expanding and interdisciplinary field using foundational knowledge of human language to engage real world concerns. The field explores language teaching and learning; language assessment; second language literacy development; cross-cultural communication; and language acquisition, as well as empirical research in any of the above subfields of applied linguistics.
CAREER OUTLOOK AND OPPORTUNITIES
Applied linguistics degree holders work in a variety of different fields and often hold the following job titles:
- ESL teacher
The median salary (as reported in 2015 by learn.org) was $61,990 (postsecondary English language and literature teachers); $54,890 (elementary school teachers except special ed); $50,280 (adult basic and secondary education and literacy teachers and instructors). In 2014-2024, the following job growth was expected: 13% for postsecondary teaching; 6% for ESL teaching; 7% for adult literacy and high school teaching. Roughly 100,000 teaching jobs open every year and the demand for ESL learning will continue to grow as schools diversify.
WHY STUDY APPLIED LINGUISTICS AT GRAND VALLEY?
- 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.
- Research. 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.
- Faculty with wide-ranging domestic and international experiences.
The program offers both the theoretical foundations of applied linguistics and practical implications for solving real-world problems. It covers the major topics in the field ranging from educational linguistics, instructional methodology, and advanced English grammar to second-language acquisition theory and sociolinguistics. Students can select either the thesis or the project option based on their academic and career goals. Visit the online catalog for program information and a detailed course list.
The international application deadline for fall semester is May 1; domestic student deadline is July 15. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University.