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Second Language Acquisition (Z081)   

Program Title and Classification

Second Language Acquisition

Graduate Certificate Program

College: Arts and Humanities


The M.A. is intended primarily as a two-year program for full-time students. A very limited number of part-time students would also be admitted. It will provide students with rigorous, comprehensive training in the theory and research of second (including foreign) language learning, teaching and testing, and related areas. A major program focus includes preparation for those working, or intending to work, in programs for tertiary students and adults studying less commonly taught languages (LCTLs), e.g., East-Asian and Middle-Eastern languages, and such modern European languages as Spanish, French, Italian and German. Areas of particular faculty expertise include cognitive processes in SLA; language teaching methodology and pedagogy; psycholinguistics; language processing; individual differences in such factors as age, aptitude, and working memory; second language analysis; interlanguage studies; heritage learners; needs analysis; syllabus design; materials writing; learner training; language assessment; program evaluation; second language research methods; task-based language teaching; and uses of technology in language learning and testing.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Students may enter the program in the Fall semester only. Prior to admission to the program, applicants must have successfully completed a Bachelors degree from an accredited university in a relevant field, e.g., linguistics, applied linguistics, psychology, foreign languages, applied linguistics, cognitive science, anthropology or education. 

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
17 Jan
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
1 Feb

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (P.B.C.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

18 credits required

SLAA 610: Research and Theories in Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)

SLAA 611: Fundamentals of Language Acquisition and Instruction (3 credits)

SLAA 620: Second Language Research Methods (3 credits)

SLAA 630: Second Language Testing (3 credits)

Two approved electives (6 credits)



Facilities and Special Resources

In addition to the University graduate library, the SLA program offers research facilities and resources to facilitate research and materials development, including a multimedia SLA Lab, the Language HouseThe Center for Innovative Teaching and Learningthe Office of Information Technology, and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Students completing coursework with affiliate faculty in the Departments of Psychology, CommunicationLinguistics, and Education as well as the Center for Advanced Study of Languages may have access to their respective resources.


Associated Information