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University of Pittsburgh    
2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Dec 02, 2022
 
2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Linguistics - Applied Linguistics Concentration, MA


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Requirements for a terminal MA in Applied Linguistics

The Department offers a terminal MA degree in Applied Linguistics, with or without the TESOL Certification (see below for TESOL Certificate requirements).  30 credits are required for the MA Degree.

Required Courses

LING 2578      Phonetics  

LING 2579      Phonology 

LING 2777      Syntax 

LING 2144      Research Methods 

One course in sociolinguistics/language change. Choose one from:

LING 2267      Sociolinguistics

LING 2680      Historical Linguistics

LING 2253      Language Contact

LING 2146      Second Language Acquisition

A language pedagogy course

Choose one from:

A course in psycholinguistics

A course in First Language Development

LING 2147     Current Issues in Second Language Acquisition

Other MA Requirements

Course Grades

Students must attain a B+ in all core courses. If the grade is lower than a B+, in consultation with the DGS and the course instructor, a student must take the final exam the following year and attain a grade of B+ on the exam, or retake the course. 

Language requirement

Proficiency in one foreign language is required for the MA degree.

Native-English speakers:  three terms of a language taught at the college level.

Non-native speakers of English:  Completion of the MA coursework with a grade point average of B (3.0) or better.

Comprehensive exam

The comprehensive exam is fulfilled by attaining a grade of B+ or better in all core courses.

Students who do not attain a B+ in a particular course may retake the course or perform remedial work with the approval of the DGS and their advisor. Students must notify the DGS and their advisor immediately upon receiving a deficient grade (ideally, they should notify even earlier if they are performing poorly in a particular course, as advisors may be able to help set up tutoring). Students falling short in multiple core courses may be terminated from the program.

Requirements for Applied Linguistics


Other MA Requirements


Comprehensive exam : Students must attain a B+ in all core courses. If the grade is lower than a B+, a student must re-take the final exam the following year-or take an exam through other arrangements-and attain a grade of B+ on the exam, or retake the course.

Language requirement : Proficiency in one second language is required for the MA degree. This requirement is satisfied by examination for students whose native language is English. Students whose native language is not English and who complete their MA work with a grade point average of B (3.0) or better will have fulfilled this requirement automatically.

Portfolio Review: See the department’s graduate student handbook.

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