Jun 23, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

Master of Arts in Second Language Acquisition, Policy, and Culture (MA)

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Program Objectives

  • The Master of Arts degree in Second Language Acquisition, Policy, and Culture offers methodological knowledge and skills to teach foreign languages to English speakers and non-English speakers. 
  • It provides professional knowledge that helps to shape public policy on multilingualism and multiculturalism. 
  • It offers an embedded Cultural Awareness Training Certificate .
    • Cultural awareness training provides the necessary skills to build an effective work force in an increasingly global and diverse business setting. It draws on the fact that a global and multi-faceted workforce offers new perspectives, creative problem solving skills, and innovation in the workplace and the community at large. It gives rising leaders new perspectives on how they view the world in order to create an inclusive and productive work environment. The program accommodates alternative modes of delivery based on company needs, time frames, and the number of participants. Certification programs may be offered on location, on campus, via Skype. Meeting times can be arranged to include weekends and/or evening sessions.
  • It offers an embedded Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate .
    • TESOL certification offers educational skills in teaching English to speakers of other languages at home and abroad. The duration of the certification program is one month, to be offered in the summer. Participants will receive methodological and theoretical training on second language acquisition and teaching methodologies as well as hand on experiences in the classroom.

Graduate Studies Admission Criteria and Application Process

Refer to the Admission  section of the bulletin for information about Graduate Studies admission criteria and the online application process.

Program Admission Requirements

Unconditional admission into the Master of Arts degree in Second Language Acquisition, Policy, and Culture will be contingent on the following factors:

  • The program requires applicants hold a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution. Although applicants do not need to hold an undergraduate degree in an area of languages, preference will be given to applicants with an educational background in languages or related academic or professional disciplines.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • A well-written letter of intent. The letter of intent will serve as the student’s application letter and writing sample. In this writing sample, the admissions committee will evaluate the student’s potential and ability for graduate-level writing.
  • Three positive professional letters of recommendation.

Applicants not meeting the criteria for unconditional admittance may be conditionally admitted if space is available. These applicants will receive preference on the basis of GPA and the quality of the letter of intent.

Conditionally admitted individuals can achieve unconditional status following 12 hours of coursework if they hold a graduate 3.0 GPA or higher. All students admitted to the program failing to attain a graduate 3.0 GPA after 12 credit hours will be academically dismissed from the program.


Students will be required to complete thirty (30) credit hours in order to earn the Master of Arts degree. 

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