Carnegie Mellon University

Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition

The application site is closed and will not receive applications for Fall 2022 entry.

During the academic year 2021-2022, the Department of Modern Languages will engage in a self-assessment of the one-year program with the goal of improving the high-quality educative, research, and practical experiences for incoming students. 

Please return to our website in May 2022 for details regarding the 2023 Fall entry application relaunch.

For questions regarding the courses, the practical experiences offered, or the program, including updates on the application process, please contact ModernLangGradmail@andrew.cmu.edu.

Program at a glance:

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.

 

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)

Contact Information

Senior Administrative Coordinator

Vera Lampley
Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Co-Director of the M.A. in Applied SLA Program

Sue-Mei Wu
Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Co-Director & Program Advisor of the M.A. in Applied SLA Program

Bonnie Youngs
Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213