Gain a solid foundation for boosting literacy and breaking down language barriers.

Cook's greatest strength is its godly Christian professors who have served God and his Kingdom in many different ways around the world. What an honor to learn from men and women who have served as missionaries, learned languages, taught English, written dictionaries, and started schools, all for the glory of God!

Kathleen Winslow, M.A. in Applied Linguistics ('12)

Receive advanced training across the field of applied linguistics.

Although language teaching is a prominent area within the field of applied linguistics, there are many other areas of importance which also address language-related human problems both in the United States and elsewhere. These include bilingual and multilingual education, language planning, lexicography, literacy, second language acquisition, translation, and the development or modification of writing systems.

The M.A. in Applied Linguistics at Biola goes beyond the certificate courses by providing Christian professionals with advanced training in various areas of language analysis and by developing a multidisciplinary approach within which to seek appropriate solutions to real-world problems. Students may pursue either a generalist track or a specialized one by concentrating their electives in language surveys, linguistics, literacy, TESOL or translation. Students satisfactorily completing the TESOL concentration will also receive the Biola University graduate Certificate in TESOL.

Special SIL Scholarship

The Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) at Biola program offers a special scholarship that reduces tuition by 70% to students who seriously consider working with SIL/Wycliffe Bible Translators after graduation. Students can contact Dr. Rick Floyd, Director of SIL-at-Biola, for details after they are accepted into the M.A. in Linguistics and Biblical Languages or M.A. in Applied Linguistics program.

Tuition & Financial Aid

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Faculty Spotlight

Katherine Purgason

  • Chair, Department of Applied Linguistics & TSEOL
  • Program Director, Applied Linguistics & TESOL
  • Professor of TESOL

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