Online PhD in Applied Linguistics

In a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics degree program, you'll study how language acquisition affects the brain and one's ability to interact with others. Learn about courses and online program options. Schools offering Communications degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are the Prerequisites For an Online Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics?

Online Ph.D. programs in applied linguistics are very rare, though many schools offer campus-based programs. The Ph.D. program takes 4-5 years to complete, which includes core linguistic courses, research and a dissertation. Some master's degree programs in applied linguistics are available online.

To be eligible for a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, you must have both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree, at least one of which must be in a language-related program, preferably linguistics. Some schools require that applicants have practical experience teaching English as a second language.

Admission RequirementsBachelor's and master's degree, one of which in a related language program. Some programs may require students to have experience teaching ESL.
Common CoursesSociolinguistics, gender and language, literacy issues for non-native English speakers, language psychology, cognition and the human memory.
Career PossibilitiesForeign language teacher, college professor, researcher.

What Courses Will I Take?

Applied linguistics has to do with the study of how individuals learn a primary or secondary language. Doctorate-level courses familiarize you with general applications of applied linguistics. You'll explore different methods of language acquisition and linguistic ability assessment. Courses in phonetics and syntax may be offered as well. Some additional topics of study might include:

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Bilingualism and language philosophy
  • Cognition and the human memory
  • Gender and language
  • Literacy issues for non-native English speakers
  • Plasticity issues in second language acquisition
  • Deriving meaning from non-native languages
  • Language psychology

Many Ph.D. programs require completion of a written dissertation. You will be expected to conduct original research on the topic of your choice and present your findings to a committee of faculty members. Some programs require completion of a student teaching internship.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

With a doctorate in applied linguistics, you might find a job teaching English or another language to non-native speakers, either in the U.S. or abroad. You could also find a research position, studying individuals' comprehension of second and third languages. A doctorate may allow you to teach at a community college or a university.

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  • Yale University

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    • Hawaii: Honolulu
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