What will I learn?

The Department of Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Texas at Arlington provides coursework in both linguistics and in TESOL. Department programs seek to deepen understanding of language by examining how it is represented, used, and processed. We work toward this goal through courses in theoretical linguistics, focusing on phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and psycholinguistics as well as the interfaces among these domains of inquiry. In order to explore questions in these areas, we provide training in multiple methods, including field methods, corpus-based methods, and experimental research methods, to collect and analyze data from a wide range of the world's languages, and from both native and non-native speakers of these languages. This approach to the scientific study of language is the primary focus of our PhD, MA, and BA degrees in Linguistics.

In addition, the department has a separate track in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), offered through our MA in TESOL and TESOL certificates. This program trains professionals who will teach English to second and foreign-language learners. Our TESOL students build a strong foundation in teaching methodologies, language testing, second language acquisition, and other applied areas of linguistics.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (57 hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,620.00 per year

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

Start date

18 January 2022


College of Liberal Arts



76019, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students have completed a bachelor’s degree from either a U.S. regionally accredited college or university or its foreign equivalent before starting graduate study. An undergraduate degree in CS or CpE or closely related field. An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in undergraduate coursework. A 3.2 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) on the last two years of undergraduate course-work. In particular, performance on CS/CpE related courses are emphasized.

For international students

For Ph.D. program applicants, GPA is based on all graduate work completed and recorded at the time the applicant submits an application for admission.

For BA-to-PhD applicants, GPA is on the undergraduate GPA as determined by the UT Arlington Graduate School.

Applicants are expected to submit a score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, a score of at least 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 79. Further, when the TOEFL iBT is taken, sectional scores of at least 22 on the writing section, 21 on the speaking section, 20 on the reading section, and 16 on the listening section are preferred.

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


About University of Texas At Arlington

Anyone who seeks to become a success in their career will find that UTA has the staff and learning facilities to help them achieve their goals.

  • One of the top research institutions in the US
  • Diverse campus with students from 100 countries
  • Outstanding facilities across a 420-acre campus
  • Excellent graduate prospects