Applied Linguistics (MA) at Montclair State University

Applied Linguistics (MA)

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Applied Linguistics (MA)

The MA in Applied Linguistics integrates the study of linguistics theory with practical applications to real-world language-related problems. Students may explore second language acquisition, language teaching/TESL, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, applied approaches to speech processing, and more! All students in the MA program will complete a mentored research project where they will build upon their knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research design to conduct a study on a language-related issue relevant to their interests. The MA in Applied Linguistics prepares students for careers in a variety of professions where an understanding of language is essential. Applied linguistics has particular relevance for jobs in language teaching, education technology, healthcare, legal systems, and the media.

Students in other programs may elect Linguistics courses with their Graduate Program Coordinator’s prior approval.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

The Office of Graduate Admissions requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admission.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Applied Linguistics (MA) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement – Please write one integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:
    • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
    • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
    • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two.
  • Standardized Test Scores: GRE (optional)
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

This program is 31-36 semester hours. For more information, please visit the Applied Linguistics, MA program listing in the University Catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Applied Linguistics (MA) Program Coordinator:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Program Coordinator: Dr. Anna Feldman
Office: Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 240B
Telephone: 973-655-7500