Department of Modern Languages

The University of Mississippi

M.A. in Modern Languages – Applied Linguistics & TESOL

Students who specialize in Applied Linguistics & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (AL/TESOL) survey research from the fields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and TESOL. Through volunteer teaching and/or supervised internships, students engage in best practices by applying this research to their pedagogy. Students, who complete this degree, are prepared to be successful language teachers and/or pursue additional graduate studies.

Three options for completing the degree are available, all of which require 36 credit hours. The three options are as follows:

  • 24 hours of coursework in AL/TESOL and 12 hours of elective coursework and/or coursework in a subfield approved by the department;
  • A minimum of 24 hours of coursework in AL/TESOL and up to 12 hours of thesis work; or,
  • 18 hours of coursework in AL/TESOL and 18 hours of a supervised internship approved by the department.

Twelve (12) of the 36 credit hours must consist of courses in the following CORE areas. (Students are required to take at least one listed course in each area.)

  • METHODS: TESL 542 or TESL 672
  • LINGUISTICS: LING 504, TESL 592, or TESL 600

Students who elect to pursue the thesis option are additionally required to take TESL 694. Students, who have been approved to participate in a supervised internship, are additionally required to take TESL 698 and TESL 699.

Please note that students may complete the required coursework for ESL endorsement while they pursue their MA in Modern Languages with emphasis in AL/TESOL; however, once they complete the required coursework, they must contact Dr. Whitney Webb at to apply for ESL Endorsement.

Other Academic Requirements: Students must maintain a B average in their course work or subjected to probation and/or expulsion from the program. 

Admission Requirements
A) Students applying to the Master of Arts with emphasis in AL/TESOL should submit the following materials online to:

The University of Mississippi Graduate School

  • A complete graduate school application for admission that can be found online at:
  • One official transcript from each university/ college attended
  • A $40 application fee
  • Official test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • International students must also submit their official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (a minimum score of 80 for the internet-based test is preferred).

B) The following supporting materials should be uploaded to the graduate school application interface or sent via email to:

Tamara Warhol, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Coordinator, AL/TESOL

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A statement of purpose which includes a rationale for your graduate studies, a summary of teaching, second or foreign language study, travel or work abroad, and any other relevant information
  • Three academic letters of recommendation  (sent directly from the recommenders)

C) International students only should also submit a financial statement which certifies funds for educational and living expenses to:

International Programs Office
University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677

Deadline: Selection for admission to the program occurs throughout the year. It is recommended that you complete the application process 1-2 months prior to the semester in which you plan to enroll.

Financial assistance is available in the form of scholarships and assistantships. For more information, please contact the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages.