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Applied Linguistics, Ph.D.

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University rank #501 (WUR) Flagstaff, AZ, United States
The Ph.D. program in Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University is designed to prepare future professors, researchers and teacher trainers to work independently and in leadership positions with the learning and teaching of second languages, the analysis of language, and the design of language-related research. 
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Upon completion of the Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University, students will have:

  • Advanced critical and analytical knowledge of the structure and uses of the English language, English language discourse processes and genres, the development of second language learning processes in their diverse cultural contexts, and the assessment of both language program effectiveness and individual language proficiency
  • Ability to address issues of language learning in real world settings
  • Ability to address both language program effectiveness and individual language proficiency
  • Ability to contribute to innovative and effective English language teaching practices in the State of Arizona and elsewhere
  • Ability to integrate use of technology into language instruction and research
  • Ability to synthesize information and approaches across a range of core topics in Applied Linguistics, such as language acquisition, language in society, English grammar, and the development of language curricula and programs
  • Understanding of the many issues relevant to cross-cultural communication
  • Comprehensive preparation and professional orientation for advanced research in Ph.D. programs


Ph.D. students pursue a diverse range of applied linguistic issues in preparation for their careers as researchers, teacher trainers, or leaders in fields related to teaching and learning second languages, including:

  • computer-assisted language learning (CALL)
  • corpus linguistics
  • grammar and discourse
  • language planning and policy
  • language testing and program evaluation
  • language variation
  • literacy       
  • register analysis
  • second language acquisition
  • second language teaching and learning
  • speech perception and production

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered an a space available basis

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    81 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Research Methods In Applied Linguistics
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • Intermediate Statistics
  • Dissertation

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs.
  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
  • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
  • Transcripts
Individual program admission requirements include:
  • GRE® revised General Test
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
  • Personal statement or essay
  • Resume or curriculum vitae

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24484 USD/year
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  • National

    24484 USD/year
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  • In-State

    10480 USD/year
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Living costs for Flagstaff

  • 1010 - 1500 USD/month
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