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What will I learn?

Our PhD program in Applied Linguistics & Technology (ALT) focuses on English language description, teaching, learning, and assessment, with particular emphasis on issues and practices related to technology: analysis of language using computational and corpus linguistic methods as well as the study of computer technology in English language teaching, learning, and assessment. The degree prepares students for a variety of academic appointments in departments of applied linguistics and English and for professional opportunities in research and development, international publishing, and government agencies in the U.S. and around the world where English is taught and used for specific educational, vocational, and professional purposes. Candidates are required to complete 72 hours of graduate credit including a dissertation; to meet a language requirement that may be fulfilled in a number of ways (students whose native language is other than English are considered to have met the language requirement after satisfying the Graduate College English requirement); and to pass a portfolio assessment, a preliminary examination (consisting of a dissertation proposal and pilot study and written response to questions about them), and an oral defense of the dissertation.

Learning Goals that students in this program are expected to meet include:

Demonstrate knowledge of and confidence with the use of computer applications relevant to teaching, learning, research, and assessment in applied linguistics

Design, implement and evaluate algorithms for automating linguistic analysis tasks based on knowledge natural language and speech processing programming

Formulate important research questions to for guiding investigations that contribute to theory and practice in one or more areas of applied linguistics

Apply principles of research methodology to design data collection, and analysis procedures to address research questions in at least one area of applied linguistics

Interpret and evaluate findings in view of their contribution to theory, research and practice in the relevant area

Communicate ideas, discoveries, and findings to others in a professional and creative manner

Collaborate with other professionals to create and investigate new knowledge, practices and products

Demonstrate independence and professionalism in teaching and research

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (72 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$28,644.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected January 2023

Start date

22 August 2022


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

202 Catt Hall,

2224 Osborn Dr,



50011, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Iowa State requires a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university prior to beginning graduate studies. International degrees must be comparable to a US bachelor’s degree or higher from a college or university regionally accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Education in that country. A minimum cumulative grade point average equivalent to at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B grade) is required for admission.

For international students

Ph.D. applicants must have completed a Master’s degree prior to their first semester in the program.

The minimum scores accepted by the Graduate College are:

Internet Based TOEFL (iBT): 106
TOEFL Paper (PBT): 623
IELTS: 8.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE): 79
Duo Lingo English Test: 125

Application Deadlines: January 5 (once per year for fall semester entry only), with applications accepted and evaluated beginning October 15. Early applications are encouraged.

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


About Iowa State University

There are eight distinct colleges with more than 300 programs, where passionate faculty are challenging some of the world’s most pressing issues.

  • Scholarships available for freshmen and transfer students
  • Eight colleges offering over 300 programs
  • Based in Ames, at the heart of Iowa
  • Stunning campus with plenty of student-run activities

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