The M.A. Applied Linguistics program consists of 33 credits of graduate work beyond the foundational credits. Students entering the M.A. Applied Linguistics program without the stated foundational work will be required to take three credits each of Introduction to Linguistics, Phonetics, Syntax or Phonology, and Bible, or their equivalents, in addition to the regular program. A comprehensive exam is required. Students, in consultation with their advisor, may apply to write a thesis instead of taking comprehensive exams. For specific details, refer to the ALT Handbook.
The TESOL concentration in the M.A. in Applied Linguistics program requires practice teaching.
The M.A. program requirements may be reduced for students with a background in TESOL, linguistics, or English, but the minimum number of graduate credits required is either 32 or 33, depending on the program, of which 24 must be taken through Biola. A minimum of 12 graduate credits must be taken on campus with no more than 9 graduate credits transferred from other institutions.
Applicants must meet the qualifications specified in the Admission to the Cook School of Intercultural Studies section, including a profession of Christian faith. In addition to these, foreign applicants who are non-native English speakers must demonstrate both spoken and written proficiency in English through an oral interview and by submitting their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) results. The TOEFL must have been taken within the past five years. A TOEFL score of 600 PBT / 250 CBT / 100 iBT is normally required. The essay score should be at least 5.5. Alternatively an IELTS score of 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element) is required. Non-native speakers are also expected to demonstrate oral English proficiency by means of an interview with a faculty member.
Because teachers and applied linguists are expected to have a high degree of competence in written English, all new graduate students, both native and non-native English speakers, are required to take the department’s Writing Proficiency Exam during orientation at the beginning of the fall semester. If the results of the exam indicate that additional work in written grammar and composition is needed to enable a student to perform at the level expected for this field, he or she will be expected to do independent supplementary work on writing or to take and pass one or more writing courses available on campus, including special studies courses, SS 500 or SS 501, described below.
All graduate programs in the department require as a prerequisite a minimum of three semester credits of acceptable Bible or theology coursework at the upper division or graduate level in addition to the specified foundational credits. Foundational credits may be taken concurrently with regular program courses but should normally be completed by the end of the first year.
Students normally begin their program in the fall semester.
Students in the M.A. Applied Linguistics program must successfully complete all required coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to qualify for graduation. No ALT course with a grade less than a B (3.0) will be counted for the Certificate or M.A.
The M.A. degrees are usually completed within two years by full-time students, but part-time students may have up to seven years, taking 1-2 courses per semester.