Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Linguistics: English as a Second Language, M.A.

College of Arts and Sciences  
Department: World Languages 

Also offered as a Concurrent Degrees  


Linguistics is primarily an upper-level and graduate discipline with strong interdisciplinary concerns. The Department of World Languages currently offers a Master of Arts in Linguistics: English as a Second Language. At USF, our Linguistics and TESL majors are among the oldest in the Sunshine State. Linguistics dates back to the early 1960s, early in USF history, and the applied linguistics major has prepared ESL/ESOL/EFL educators since the 1970s. Our students are prepared for positions teaching second languages to non-native speakers, and our alumni have taught in public and private institutes, here in the Tampa Bay area and around the world. Other graduates have continued their graduate education and earned doctoral degrees, and many of our alumni hold positions of leadership. In short, our graduates have made a name for the linguistics major at USF.

Major Research Areas:
Individual differences, Corpus linguistics, Second language phonology, Second language writing, Second Language Acquisition, Discourse analysis, and second language learning and teaching.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • GRE (taken within the last five years) required with minimum scores of 149 (approximately 40th percentile) V and 4 AW (approximately 50th percentile). Five-year limit may be waived for applicants with a master’s degree who have previously taken the GRE.
  • Three letters of recommendation,
  • A two-page statement of purpose, written by the applicant.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Applicants should note that proficiency in a second language is required by the time of graduation.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 36 hours

  • Core Requirements - 24 Credit Hours
  • Electives - 9 Credit Hours
  • Internship - 3 Credit Hours

Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Nine hours of approved electives Students select electives in consultation with the graduate adviser.

Internship (3 Credit Hours)


Applied Linguistics (TESL) is a non-thesis track.

Comprehensive Exam

Comprehensive Exam In lieu of a comprehensive exam, per the norm of the field, a three-part Exit Assessment consisting of a Pedagogical Theory (PT) paper, a Classroom Practice & Reflection (CPR) paper, and portfolio of major course assignments and other relevant items is required for the program. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than their native language by the end of the major.

Concurrent Degree

Also available as a Concurrent Degree