Online Master’s in Applied Linguistics Bridging Linguistics to Real-World Applications


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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Are you seeking a master’s degree that explores the underlying structures of human language? Do you want to develop a theoretical understanding of language and use that knowledge to address real-world challenges? If so, Liberty’s online Master of Arts (MA) in Linguistics – Applied Linguistics degree is a great option! Throughout this program, you’ll analyze the building blocks of language and learn how linguistics can be used to understand practical problems.

Linguistics is primarily a theoretical field, but its applications are far-reaching. Applied linguistics in particular offers a more practical approach to language, and the skills you gain in this graduate program may prove useful as you pursue work in artificial intelligence, business, translation, military intelligence, or speech pathology. By studying under our experienced faculty, you can become equipped to solve real-life problems in the fields of education, psychology, sociology, and more.

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  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

Balancing school with your other priorities may seem challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. Liberty’s applied linguistics degree is offered 100% online with no set login times and no required intensives. You’ll have the freedom to complete your courses from the comfort of home without the worry of having to attend classes on campus. You can also stay invested in the things that matter — like your family, job, and community — while taking the next step in your academic journey.

At Liberty, we seek to equip qualified professionals with the tools needed to make a difference. Maybe you already work in linguistics and are seeking new job opportunities, or perhaps you’re looking to enter this exciting field for the first time. Either way, our online applied linguistics degree can equip you with a solid understanding of human language and help you pursue a wide variety of careers.

Throughout this program, you’ll study under faculty who have years of experience working in academia and the field of linguistics. With their guidance, you can develop marketable skills that are applicable in a variety of fields — from business and speech pathology to military intelligence and machine learning. At Liberty, we want to help you become an ethical, principled professional who can impact the world and spark a love of linguistics in the next generation.

Liberty’s applied linguistics online degree is broken down into 3 main parts: core linguistics courses, language studies electives, and the applied linguistics specialization. Within the core content of this program, you’ll study advanced topics in semantics, pragmatics, phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax. You’ll also dive into the history of language and explore important aspects of linguistic field studies. Our second language acquisition course provides an overview of language program models, learning theory, and relevant language policies.

Within the applied linguistics specialization, you’ll explore the practical application of linguistics. For instance, you’ll learn how to teach grammar, lexicon, and pronunciation to English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners. You can also gain a deeper understanding of how linguistics affects research and teaching, among other areas. Additionally, you’ll be able to further personalize your degree by completing 2 language studies courses of your choosing. You can then take what you learn in this program and use it to solve real-world language problems.

Throughout this program, you’ll approach the study of linguistics from a biblical perspective. You’ll be encouraged to blend industry knowledge with ethical principles as you launch or further your career, and our distinguished faculty will seek to help you develop marketable skills that could set you apart from the competition. Partner with us and pursue a rewarding career in the field of linguistics!

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Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Not applicable to certificates.