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Master's Program Options

Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics


MA Applied Linguistics

If you want a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of teaching English to non-native adult users of English with a special focus on the discourses of the classroom and on teaching second-language writers, this program is a good choice.  "The Applied Linguistics Progran is a blended program; therefore, a larger portion of its courses are offered online".

General Requirements

Students must demonstrate fourth semester proficiency in a foreign language prior to graduation; assessment of proficiency depends on the language to be demonstrated.

Those students who are not teaching adult ESL students at the time of their course work will be required to take a three- to six-credit internship in an area language school, workplace, or high school/college ESL program, either through Cooperative Education or by arrangement with the Plan Coordinator. 

English Language Requirements

TOEFL or IELTS or Completion at the ESL Academy of UC Denver
Nonnative speakers of English applying to the program usually have majored in English language or literature, foreign languages, rhetoric and teaching of writing or linguistics. On the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), they are required to have a minimum score of 600 (250 on the computer-based test, 100 on the iBT; but 620/260/105 or better is preferred). A minimum Band score of 7 on the IELTS is required for those applicants taking that test. Completion at the advanced level from the ESL Academy at UC Denver also satisfies the English language proficiency requirement for the program. For information about the ESL Academy, please visit http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/InternationalPrograms/OIA/esl/Pages/default.aspx

Course Requirements (30-31 semester hours minimum)

All courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted.

I. General Requirements (18 hours)

  • ENGL 5093, Teaching of Writing
  • ENGL 5150, Research Methods
  • ENGL 5171, Language Theory
  • ENGL 5601, Principles and Practice of Second Language Acquisition
  • ENGL 5651, Second Language Writing
  • ENGL 5913, Practicum in Language and Rhetoric or
    ENGL Elective Approved by the Student's Advisor

II. Elective courses: Language or Rhetoric Courses (six hours)

Choose two of the following:

  • ENGL 5080, History of the English Language
  • ENGL 5190, Special Topics in Rhetoric and Writing
  • ENGL 6002, Rhetorical Theory

III.  Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate fourth semester proficiency in a foreign language prior to graduation; assessment of proficiency depends on the language to be demonstrated.  Old English or Latin will also satisfy this requirement. 

IV. Options     

Comprehensive Exam or Portfolio Exam

Students will take a comprehensive exam or portfolio exam in their last semester. Students selecting this option must take two elective courses approved by their advisor.

Thesis
  • ENGL 5840, Independent Study (three hours)
  • ENGL 6950, Master's Thesis Project (four to six hours)

For information on writing, submitting and defending a thesis, see Thesis Guidelines on the CLAS Graduate Student Advising Web site.

V. Internships

Students who are not teaching adult ESL students at the time of their course work will be required to take a three- to six-credit internship in a local area language school, workplace or high school/college ESL program, either through Cooperative Education or by arrangement with the plan coordinator.

VI. Additional Information

Candidate for Degree: Graduate students must be registered for at least one credit hour during the semester that they graduate. Those who have completed all required courses and requirements may register for Candidate for Degree (CAND 5940, section 900).