Academic Catalog


Master of Arts Applied Linguistics (MA)

Staci Defibaugh, Graduate Program Director

The Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics prepares students to pursue advanced graduate study in fields like linguistics, applied linguistics, law, psychology, and education; for careers in government and industry; to teach in colleges, adult education programs, businesses, private schools, or institutions in the U.S. or abroad, and for other professions requiring good analytical, linguistic, discourse, and writing skills. The program has two concentrations: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Language, Society, and Social Justice. Students may elect to pursue a concentration area by taking the required 9 credits of specialized coursework for each concentration or they may complete a general MA degree in Applied Linguistics without a concentration. Students in the program can complete their degree in-person on the main campus in Norfolk as well as by taking select courses synchronously online or asynchronously online. They may also earn a graduate certificate in TESOL and/or use appropriate courses in the program as requirements toward obtaining the Commonwealth of Virginia Endorsement for English as a Second Language.