Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics


MA in Applied Linguistics is LEVEL 2 Reaccredited by the Association of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines. 

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PROGRAM NAME: Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (Area of Specialization: Language in Communication)


Communication is essential in various contexts such as communication in government and non-government organizations, in media, in multicultural and multilingual settings, and in urban as well as rural environments. In these contexts of communication, it is understood that language plays an important role. Graduates of the program can thus look forward to greater opportunities for their service to their local as well as the national and global communities.

The MA in Applied Linguistics Program of the College of Arts and Sciences is a graduate degree that aims to enhance students’ competencies through research-based instruction on language in various communication contexts in order “to meet the requirements set by Globalization, regional integration, internationalization of higher education, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution” (CMO 15, s. 2019).

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, communication, 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.


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

2. Communication & Media Practitioners who are in corporate and development-related careers

3. Senior High School Teachers teaching Media Literacy

4. Writers and Editors

5. 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.


The MA in Applied Linguistics program aims to enhance students’ competencies through research-based instruction on language in various communication contexts in order “to meet the requirements set by Globalization, regional integration, internationalization of higher education, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution” (CMO 15, s. 2019).


a. To explain theories, concepts, and principles that are key to gaining mastery of communication and the linguistic system that can push forward national development goals in globalized contexts. 


b. To enhance students’ knowledge and skills on language and communication leading to various fields of specialization and areas of research interest. 


c. To develop among students the competencies that will enable them to conduct, write, publish, and disseminate well-designed research on language issues in Southern Tagalog, the country, and the ASEAN region. 

PROGRAM OUTCOMES (adapted from CMO 15, s. 2019) 


      Advanced knowledge in theories and research methods in Applied Linguistics for communication 


      Lifelong learning with a highly substantial degree of independence in the study of language in communication 


      Production of self-directed research 


1. How much does the tuition fee cost?

Our Graduate School tuition fee is Php 500 per unit. With 9 units in one semester, the total fee would be roughly Php 5000-6000, which includes the miscellaneous fees.

2. Is this conducted online?

At the moment, due to the pandemic, classes are held online. However, once the Commission on Higher Education directs Universities to return to the traditional set-up, classes will have to be conducted in person in our Main Campus in Lucban, Quezon Province, Philippines.

3. Can I see the prospectus/ curriculum? How many units do I have to take? How long can I finish the program?

The current curriculum can be found here. A total of 42 units must be taken to complete the program. Depending on the pace of your thesis writing and completion of course work, students typically finish the program in 2 to 3 years. 

4. 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?

Our program embraces an interdisciplinary approach to the study of language issues in various domains, which is why we welcome graduates from other fields of study. You might just need to take additional enhancement courses in preparation for graduate research work. In fact, we have had students who hold undergraduate degrees in Electronics Engineering, Nursing, and Classical Philosophy, to name a few.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.