Carnegie Mellon University

Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition

Program at a glance:

  • Sponsor: Department of Modern Languages
  • Duration: One year
  • Finances: Fee-paying program. Tuition assistance available for all qualified students.
  • Total units required: 90 units in two resident semesters (45 Fall, 45 Spring, summer non-credit immersion required in some cases)
  • Application deadline: February 1st of the year of intended enrollment

The Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition is a one-year, intensive program preparing U.S. and international students for careers in second language teaching in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Graduates of the M.A. in Applied Second Language Acquisition program will be eligible for employment at universities, at private schools or public (alternative-certification) secondary schools, and (especially in ESL) in a multitude of settings abroad. The program will include observation of experienced teachers, involvement in classroom instruction, and finally primary responsibility for the planning and delivery of an extended period of undergraduate instruction in the student’s language of specialization. Students who are undertaking this degree in a second language with moderate insufficiencies in that language should anticipate taking part in an immersion program the summer prior to their arrival on campus.

An optional TESOL Certificate is available to students who are currently participating in a graduate program in Modern Languages only.