Master of Applied Linguistics

Duration1-2 years full time
Up to 6 years part time

The Master of Applied Linguistics (MAAL) will give you the opportunity to explore language, language acquisition, language in education, language in legal and other professional contexts, and intercultural communication. It is a fully online degree meaning you can fit study around your work and family commitments.

Applied linguistics is a field that explores real-world contexts in which language is implicated. This degree will appeal to students who want a professionally relevant higher qualification in applied linguistics, as well as to those wanting postgraduate qualifications in TESOL. It includes rich content, multimedia enhancements, and is delivered by staff with high levels of online teaching experience.

The MAAL has two distinct pathways: a general program which leads to a Master of Applied Linguistics, and a TESOL major that leads to a Master of Applied Linguistics (TESOL).

The degree has no Australian residency requirement and when you enrol you are part of a global classroom, with online discussion forums used extensively to foster interaction between you, your lecturers, and fellow students from all over the world.

The MAAL has been designed with a range of professionals in mind, in fields as diverse as education, language teaching and planning, TESOL, government, social services, health and the law. It is also relevant to those working with linguistic or cultural minorities. It is chosen by students from more than 30 countries around the world, and has a proven track record in helping people successfully achieve employment in the tertiary sector, and the management of language programs, while many have used it as a springboard to higher research by incorporating LING599 Dissertation, a 24 credit point research project, into their program.

With no previous linguistics study required, the MAAL can provide a professionally relevant higher qualification, as well as a pathway to a postgraduate career in applied linguistics, TESOL and other professions that require interdisciplinary skills in humanities and social sciences.

The Master of Applied Linguistics (TESOL) involves a more restricted choice of listed elective units than the general program. It includes two obligatory TESOL units, and a practicum, which meets or exceeds the minimum number of hours required of teachers in the ELICOS and adult migrant sectors.

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