Graduate Programs

The Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages graduate study leading to the Master of Arts degree in linguistics. The 30-unit, interdisciplinary program provides broad educational opportunities through two specializations:

General Linguistics, for those planning to pursue a doctorate in theoretical areas (e.g., syntax or phonology) or for those who plan to work in a language-related field in industry or education.

TESOL/Applied Linguistics, for students intending to teach or design curriculum for ESL/EFL/ELD classrooms (including community college and K-12 levels) or planning to pursue a doctorate in applied linguistics.

In both programs, specialized courses build on a foundation of core courses in theoretical linguistics.

In addition to completing coursework for one of the specializations and demonstrating proficiency in a foreign language, students are required to submit a thesis (Plan A) or pass a comprehensive examination (Plan B). All students who complete the required program will receive a Master of Arts degree in linguistics. If requested, the department will provide a letter designating a student’s specialization for purposes of employment or application for further study.

The department also offers an Advanced Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL).

The department offers assistance with financial support for its graduate students through teaching opportunities and other jobs. Please visit the SDSU Human Resources website for more information.