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Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics

We accept students on a rolling basis. Please feel free to visit us to inquire about the program 
at the College of Arts and Sciences from Monday to Saturday (except on Fridays and holidays).

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Description of the Program

The MA in Applied Linguistics Program of the College of Arts and Sciences is a graduate degree that offers its students advanced knowledge and skills in finding and solving language-related issues and problems in society.

The only graduate-level Applied Linguistics program in the Southern Tagalog region, SLSU-CAS' MA in Applied Linguistics is Level 2 Re-accredited by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), and has passed the preliminary evaluation of the Philippine Commission on Higher Education-Regional Quality Assessment Team.

The program's curriculum is uniquely tailored to the needs of clients in the area, and embraces a socio-cultural approach to the study of language and discourse in various contexts. Its interdisciplinary perspective to language and communication studies makes it an ideal choice for graduates of its base program in the College, BA Communication, as well as other allied programs such as Linguistics, Language Education (BSEd & BEEd, English, Filipino, etc.), Literature, Creative Writing, Sociology, Law, Public Administration, and Psychology, among others, to further enhance their sensitivity in the use of language and its consequences in their fields of specialization and lines of work.

Graduates of the program are now holding key positions in the Department of Education, various Colleges and Universities in the region, and are successful press relations officers, writers, and editors.

Target Clients

1. Language and Communication Arts Teachers (English, Filipino, or other languages) in all levels (Elementary, High School, College)

2. Communication & Media Practitioners

3. Public Relations Officers

4. Writers and Editors

5. Legal Experts

6. Professionals from allied fields (Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, and Anthropology) who wish to gain advanced knowledge and skills on language studies and its application to realistic contexts

Program Objectives

1. To provide students with advanced knowledge and skills in looking for, and solving, language-related real world problems.

2. To produce applied linguists who are sensitive of the theories in, and functions of, language in society.

3. To provide language researchers and trainers with competencies that will enable them to conduct, write, publish, and disseminate transformative research on local and international language issues and problems.

Entry & Requirements

1. A bachelor’s degree in language, linguistics, communication, and other allied undergraduate courses from a recognized institution of higher learning, with a GWA of 2.0 or higher.

2. Non-language or communication graduates may also take the course as long as they have a GWA of 2.0 or higher in their undergraduate language course, and have passed the qualifying examination administered by the department upon taking 12 units of required courses OR take additional 6 units (2 courses) from the electives.

3. Students must maintain a GWA of 2.0 to stay in the program.

4. Foreign students who wish to enroll in the program, whose undergraduate courses were not taught in English, must take a standardized test in English (e.g.- IELTS or its equivalent, with an overall band score not lower than 7, with no score lower than 6 in any of the areas), and/or an English language proficiency exam administered by the department.

For more information about the course and its curriculum, you may download the PDF file attached in this post. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found at the end of the page.

Faculty Information & Profile

Program Dean

Lee, Mari Jane A.
Associate Professor 2
Ph.D. in Psychology, MLQU
MA in Psychology, MLQU
AB Psychology, SLPC
Specialization: Psychology


Manzanilla, Shiela M.
Associate Professor 2
Ph.D. in English, MLQU
MA in English Language Teaching (Acad), PNU Manila
MA in English Language Teaching, MLQU
BSEd English, SLPC
Specialization: English, Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Rhetorics


Abuel, Arsenia A.
Associate Professor 2
Ph.D. in English, MSEUF
MAT Reading, PNU Manila
Specialization: English, Reading Education

Caja, Clarita A.
Assistant Professor 1
MAEd Filipino, MSEUF
BSEd Filipino, SLPC
Specialization: Filipino Linguistics

Devanadera, Aprillete C.
Instructor 1 (on study leave)
PhD in Applied Linguistics, DLSU Manila (ongoing)
MA in Applied Linguistics, SLSU
AB Journalism, PUP Manila
Specialization: Journalism, English & Applied Linguistics

Dizon, Joan M.
Instructor 3 (on study leave)
PhD in Media Studies, UP Diliman (ongoing)
M. in Development Communication, UPOU
BA Broadcast Journalism, PUP
Specialization: Computer-mediated communication, Development Communication, Chinese Mandarin

Fraginal, Khristalyn V.
Instructor 2 (on study leave)
PhD in Development Communication, UP Los Baños (ongoing)
Master in Communication, PUP-OUS Manila
BA Communication, SLSU
Specialization: Development Communication, Japanese Language (Nihonngo)

Assistant Professor 1 (on study leave)
Joint PhD in Sociolinguistics and Discourse Analysis, University of Hong Kong & King's College London, University of London (ongoing)
MA in English Studies: Language, UP-Diliman
BSEd English, SLSU
Specialization: Sociolinguistics, Theoretical & Applied English Linguistics, Critical Discourse Analysis, German (Deutsch)

Maguyon, Aurelio Teodoro D. III
Assistant Professor 3
MA major in Teaching Philosophy, Ateneo de Manila University, 2009
AB Philosophy, St. Francis de Sales Major Seminary, 2001
Specialization: Philosophy

Mopera, Marites A.
Assistant Professor 1
Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics (ongoing), PNU Manila
MA in Applied Linguistics, SLSU
BSEd English, SLSU
Specialization: Morphology & Syntax, Language Teaching, English

Nada, Maria Gloria B.
Instructor 3
MA in Applied Linguistics, SLSU
AB Literature, FEU
Specialization: Literature, Sociolinguistics

Oblena, Natalia Z.
Assistant Professor 3
MAT Applied Linguistics, SLPC
BSE English, SLPC
Specialization: English, Applied Linguistics

Radovan, Julia Lea B.
Associate Professor 4
Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics [Dissertation], DLSU Manila
MAEd English, MSEUF
Specialization: English Linguistics, English for Specific Purposes

Villaverde, Brian D.
Assistant Professor 1
PhD in Communication, UP Diliman (ongoing)
Master in Communication, PUP-OUS Manila
BA Communication, SLSU
Specialization: Communication Management, Chinese (Mandarin)

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How is this program different from MA in Teaching/ MA Education (major in English/ Filipino/ Communication Arts)?

MA in Teaching and MA in Education, from the name themselves, focus on education, and on the theories and practicies that make teaching of languages better. The MA in Applied Linguistics (MAAL) program takes teaching of languages only as one of its strands. Aside from advancing the teaching and learning of language, MAAL's curriculum is also tailored in training students to gain a critical perspective on the function of languages in society. If you feel less confident in 'teaching' languages, an MA in Teaching/ Education would be right for you, but if you know your teaching theories and practices perfectly well, and want to gain advanced understanding of your specialization (on a particular language), the MA in Applied Linguistics is right for you.

2. I want to teach in the Department of Education, but I do not have a teacher's license yet because my undergraduate degree is not related to Education. How can I take MAAL while also aiming to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET)? 

It would be best that you take Education units first and take the LET before pursuing the MAAL program. The College of Teacher Education also offers graduate level Education-units-earning courses that you may take. Please contact/ talk to the program Chairperson of MAAL for more information and for better guidance.

3. Are you open to off-shore students?

Unfortunately, distance learning programs are not yet offered by Southern Luzon State University at the moment. You may contact the Program Chairperson for more information, and/or for better guidance.

4. I am currently teaching in DepEd. Will I be able to use my MAAL diploma for promotion?

Certainly yes! Many of our graduates now hold key positions in the Department of Education in the region.

5. I wish to pursue a PhD in Applied Linguistics in the future. Will other Universities recognize my MAAL diploma from SLSU?

Certainly yes! In fact, some of our graduates are already pursuing/ have finished their PhD in Applied Linguistics at Dela Salle University, and the Philippine Normal University, to name a few.

6. I am a graduate of a degree that is not related with language, communication, and/or linguistics. How can I be admitted in the program?

The program chairperson will determine your eligibility, and will advise you on the right course to take. It's either you will take a qualifying examination after taking a certain number of units, or take additional courses in the curriculum (normally up to 12 units/ 4 subjects), or both. In fact, we have had students who hold undergraduate degrees in Nursing and Classical Philosophy, to name a few.

7. My undergraduate general weighted average is lower than 2.0, and I have grades in my undergraduate language and literature classes lower than that as well. Will I still be able to qualify in the program?

As the forerunner of liberal education in the University, we at the College of Arts and Sciences believe that numerical ratings given and received at any particular point in time may not at all times reflect the full potential of a person. If you truly feel passionate about becoming a specialist in this field, there is no harm in proving yourself by taking the first step of discussing your case to the chairperson of the program.

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