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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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, 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. Senior High School Teachers teaching Media Literacy

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.


1. To provide students with advanced knowledge and skills in investigating language-related real-world problems.

2. To produce applied linguists who are sensitive to 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.


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.


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.