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Applied Linguistics

Master of Arts (M.A.)

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, language acquisition, as well as empirical research in any of the above subfields of applied linguistics.

Program Overview

The program provides students with a rigorous and collaborative learning experience in the core areas of Applied Linguistics. Built-in flexibility allows students to pursue their own interests through independent study, practicum, and thesis/project work in preparation for professional careers or doctoral study. The program requires 36 credit hours.


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, 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.

Career Options

Applied Linguistics graduates can pursue professional careers in domestic and international contexts of ESL/EFL teaching at various levels, teacher training, language assessment and evaluation, language program administration, foreign services, publishing, or pursue further study at the doctoral level.

Application Deadline

International application deadline for fall semester is May 1; domestic student deadline is July 15. The $30 application fee is waived for undergraduate alumni of Grand Valley. Please visit

Why Study Applied Linguistics at Grand Valley?

  • The program offers a solid curriculum representing the field of applied linguistics nationwide, yet has its own unique design, striking a balance between theory and practice.
  • Applied Linguistics faculty have diverse areas of expertise and wide-ranging domestic and international experiences, meeting the academic needs of students with different career goals.
  • Students will study closely with faculty in a small, nurturing community of fellow students both in and outside of the classroom.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in events and activities on campus and in the west Michigan area.

For More Information

Department of English Applied Linguistics Program


“A quote by Aristotle - 'Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all' - makes me think of the vision we have for our program: a community of learners where we combine critical thinking of course content with our passions to effect positive change as we each go out to do the work of the world.”


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