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What will I learn?

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Applied Linguistics prepares students to pursue advanced graduate study, teach in colleges, adult education programs, businesses, private schools and institutions in the U.S. or abroad, work with private businesses, and help meet the language acquisition needs of second language learners. The Program takes pride in the international, intercultural, academic, and professional experience it offers to students from all over the world, including Germany, Russia, Slovenia, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Saudi Arabia, Tunis, Afghanistan, Burma, China, Indonesia, Bolivia, etc. The core faculty who serve the program are dedicated teachers as well as accomplished scholars and researchers, devoted to mentoring graduate students and helping them achieve their academic and professional goals.

Program Highlights

What makes Applied Linguistics at ODU unique?

The program offers two concentrations--Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Sociolinguistics--which are uniquely intertwined.

Students may earn a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and/or use appropriate courses in the program toward obtaining a Commonwealth of Virginia Endorsement for English as a Second Language (ESL) if they already have a teaching license

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Letters

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework)

Tuition fees
US$25,600.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

Start date

27 August 2022, 7 January 2023


College of Arts and Letters

9000 Batten Arts and Letters,



23529, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have an equivalent U.S. Bachelor's Degree.

For international students

Admission for the program is done on a rolling basis. However, to be considered for financial assistance, please submit your application by March 15th for Fall semester and October 1st for Spring semester.

An undergraduate degree

B average in their major field of study

Must have taken some undergraduate courses in the humanities, language (any language), linguistics or literature

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), or IELTS Academic Module (6.5 or above)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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