University of Texas at El Paso Academic Catalog

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M.A. in Bilingualism and Applied Linguistics

Admission Requirements 

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or proof of equivalent education in a foreign institution.
  2. Undergraduate degree or satisfactory subject preparation in linguistics, a language, or a related field resulting in a satisfactory grade point average (GPA). (If there is a question of sufficient background, a program of leveling courses not to exceed 12 hours will be arrived at in consultation with the graduate advisor.)
  3. Competency in both Spanish and English (for Hispanic linguistics only).
  4. Applicants from countries where English is not the first language are required to demonstrate English proficiency. Please consult the graduate school website for required scores.
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
  6. A brief (two- to three-page) personal statement of purpose.

Thesis and Non-Thesis options and hours

There are one thesis and two non-thesis tracks. Each student must pursue one of these tracks. The thesis track requires LING 5398 and LING 5399, in addition to the requirements of nine (9) core hours and 21 elective hours. The thesis will be presented in an open defense. One non-thesis track involves an extended paper/project, which will be presented in an open defense. This track requires LING 5397, in addition to the requirements of nine (9) core hours and 24 elective hours. The second non-thesis track involves extended coursework, requiring nine (9) core hours and 27 elective hours. Under this track, there will be a final open oral and/or written examination in the candidate’s chosen primary area of study. In more detail, the requirements for each degree track, including the concentration possibilities mentioned above, are as follows:

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 36

MA in Bilingualism and Applied Linguistics (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
LING 5301Principles of Ling Analysis3
LING 5348Second Language Acquisition3
LING 5388Bilingualism3
LING 5395Research Methods in Ling3
Other Electives:
Select a track below
Thesis Track
LING 5398Thesis *3
LING 5399Thesis *3
18 additional hours of graduate linguistic courses18
Research Project Track
LING 5397Extended Research Project **3
21 additional hours of graduate linguistic courses21
Exam Track
24 additional hours of graduate linguistics courses24
Total Hours 36

Can count a second time as elective


Can count a third time as elective

Graduate Linguistics (LING) Courses

LING 5107Seminar-Spec Topics Linguistic1
LING 5308Second Language Teaching3
LING 5309Generative Syntax3
LING 5310Pedagogical Issues in Engl Str3
LING 5319English Historical Linguistics3
LING 5331Teaching Second Lang Comp3
LING 5348Second Language Acquisition3
LING 5370Study in Language3
LING 5373Linguistic Variation3
LING 5374Language Testing3
LING 5381Spanish Phonetics & Phonology3
LING 5385Spanish Historical Linguistics3
LING 5388Bilingualism3
LING 5389Problems In Language Instruct3
LING 5397Extended Research Project3