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Master of Arts degree in TESL & Linguistics

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Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Indiana State University
Root Hall A-145
424 North 7th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809-1928
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Fax: 812.237.2368

Why should you consider attending our MA program?

Quick Facts  
100% Online or On-Campus Affordable
No GRE required Asynchronous option
No thesis required 33 credits
Dedicated faculty mentorship High post-graduation placement rate


Every fall, a new cohort of students from across the United States and the globe attend our MA program in TESL and Linguistics. And starting in Fall 2021, it will be possible for US and Canadian students to complete their degree with us fully online!  We equip graduates with the necessary skills through hands-on experiences and myriad opportunities to achieve their career goals in teaching English as Second or Foreign Language to speakers of other languages and in Linguistics study. 


Our program is unique because of the close interaction and mentorship students have with faculty and many applied opportunities. It is also a prominent degree program for students who desire to continue graduate study at the Ph.D. level in TESL, TESOL, Second Language Acquisition, or Applied Linguistics.

Highlighted Courses
LING 515 - African American English 
LLL 580 - Computer Assisted Language Learning
LING 525 - Pedagogical Grammar for TESL 
LING 619 - Discourse Analysis

Click on the links below to watch the testimonials of some of our graduates about how rewarding our program was for them, from gaining research and teaching experiences to attending professional development conferences, and to interning with our faculty.

Kayleigh Fisher talks about her great research experience during her time at ISU/LLL Department.

Jonas Eberhart discusses the teaching and internship opportunities ISU/LLL dept. provided during his time as a Grad student.

Program faculty highlights:

Faculty Name and Degree Research Interests Contact
Jon Bakos

Dr. Jon Bakos

Oklahoma State University



Discourse Analysis

Corpus Linguistics

Melanie D'Amico

Dr. Melanie D'Amico
Ph.D., University of Florida



Second Language Acquisition

Study Abroad



Dr. Brian José

Ph.D., Indiana University



Indiana Dialects

Phonology and Morphology

Scott Sterling

Dr. Scott Sterling

Ph.D., Michigan State University


English as a Second Language


Research ethics

See the Graduate Program FAQs page for information about applying to the MA program.

Degree Program

(33 credit hours minimum)
Research:  LING 607, Research Methods in Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Core: LING 602, Current Issues in Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Electives:  at least 27 hours from graduate coursework within the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, at least 12 hours of which must be at the 600 level or above.

Other Requirements:

Non-native language requirement: At least two years of a non-native language at the university level as evidenced by academic transcripts with a grade of C or better in the culminating intermediate-level course; results on the Indiana State University placement test beyond the 202 level; or, when those are unavailable, independent testing arranged through the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.

Culminating Experience:  successful completion of the following components: written essay and content comprehensive exams, demonstration of advanced oral proficiency, and successful experiential teaching component.


Online courses are available for residents of the United States and Canada only.

No more than 9 transfer credits will be accepted for the M.A. program. A minimum of 23 credits must be taken within the department.

Courses in the 500 series are open to undergraduates as *400 series. Graduate students are required to do additional work of a research nature. A course taken at the 400 level may not be repeated at the 500 level.