Applied Linguistics

Master's Degree Program

If you’re fascinated by the human language and want to dive into the rich study of grammar, theory and culture, the applied linguistics master’s program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has everything you need.

UAF offers a flexible yet intensive master’s in applied linguistics for students who are working professionals or who want a program that will work around their schedules. With in-person and online courses, as well as many evening classes, the MA in applied linguistics is accessible to students in Alaska and around the world.

When you earn your applied linguistics degree at UAF, you’ll not only join a thriving community of scholars and peers. You’ll also be surrounded by the natural beauty of Alaska and its vibrant cultures.

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Why Earn Your Applied Linguistics Master’s Degree at UAF?

At the University of Alaska Fairbanks, linguistics connects directly to life — both personal and professional. The tools and knowledge you gain as you earn your MA in applied linguistics will provide a solid foundation for you to succeed in any number of jobs in applied linguistics and related fields.

Hands-on learning

  • When you graduate from UAF’s master’s in applied linguistics program, you’ll have an impressive resume and meaningful stories to tell, thanks to our focus on experiential learning. If you’re interested in learning a second language, you’ll have the opportunity to complete an internship under the mentorship of a professional.

Experienced faculty

  • As you earn your applied linguistics master’s degree at UAF, you’ll be able to take advantage of our small class sizes to work closely with distinguished faculty mentors who bring their years of expertise into the classroom to prepare students for exciting jobs in applied linguistics.

Community involvement

  • There’s no better way to learn about Alaska Native culture than to study an Alaska Native language through UAF’s Indigenous Studies program. Whether you’re a Native Alaskan wanting to learn more about your culture or just want to work in communities around Alaska, our master’s in applied linguistics will set you up to succeed.

Flexible course delivery

  • UAF’s MA in applied linguistics courses are delivered in-person on campus in Fairbanks and via distance delivery and remote classes offered online. Take courses and meet one-on-one with faculty and advisors as you earn your applied linguistics degree from the comfort of your own home.

Accelerated BA to MA program

  • For UAF undergraduate students who want to earn an MA in applied linguistics, we offer an accelerated program that allows students to begin taking graduate courses as soon as their junior year — saving them time and money while making them ready for jobs in applied linguistics sooner.


What Can You Do with a Master’s in Applied Linguistics?

UAF’s versatile applied linguistics master’s degree will prepare you for satisfying jobs in applied linguistics that allow you to help others while doing what you love. Linguists work in a wide range of industries, including education, community outreach, journalism, publishing and writing.

Many of UAF’s applied linguistics degree graduates have gone on to teach English overseas, direct Indigenous Language revitalization projects, work in applied research consulting and work in politics.

Thanks to our balanced combination of theoretical and hands-on education, applied linguistics master’s graduates are highly sought after in prestigious doctoral programs around the country.

Some popular jobs in applied linguistics and related fields you can look forward to include:

  • Translator
  • English as a foreign language teacher
  • Writer
  • Publisher
  • Social worker
  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Community advocate



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