The faculty of the department of Applied Linguistics, along with affiliated members from departments such as: Anthropology, Asian Languages and Cultures, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Education, Linguistics, Psychology, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Sociology, participate in the Master's Program in Applied Linguistics. The Chair of the Department of Applied Linguistics, Professor Reynaldo F. Macías, heads the faculty advisory committee that shapes the Master's program. The Graduate Advisor is responsible for academic counseling, coordinating graduate admissions, and processing graduate student support awards.
The faculty members who participate in the Master's Program in Applied Linguistics represent a wide range of expertise and experience in language-related research. The program is designed to foster mentorship between students and faculty. New students discuss their academic program with a faculty mentor initially assigned according to areas of common interest, expertise, and experience. Students may request a change of mentor at any time thorugh the Graduate Advisor. Once a student nominates his or her thesis committee, the chair of the thesis committee assumes the role of faculty mentor. Each quarter, students meet with their faculty mentors to discuss their academic goals, and are required to have their study lists approved by their faculty mentor and the Graduate Advisor. The faculty and Graduate Advisor conduct an annual review of students' records and advise on progress in the program.
The M.A. Program in Applied Lingusitics is designed as the first step in a research career in applied linguistics. It provides both breadth of knowledge in several areas of applied linguistics, and the specialized knowledge and skills needed to plan and conduct research in the areas of specialization within the program. Students may specialize in any areas of applied linguistics where faculty expertise is available.
NOTE: Teaching English as a Second Language is NOT the focus of the MA program in Applied Linguistics. However, the department offers the graduate-level certificate in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TESFL) whose curriculum includes courses designed to lay pedagogical and theoretical foundations in TESFL for both novice and experienced ESL/EFL professionals.