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English (B.A.) and Applied Linguistics (M.A.)

The linked B.A. in English and M.A. in Applied Linguistics makes it possible for exceptional students to count up to 12 hours of graduate courses toward both an undergraduate and graduate degree.

English (B.A.) and Applied Linguistics (M.A.)


What is English (B.A.) and Applied Linguistics (M.A.) at ODU like?

The linked B.A. in English and M.A. in Applied Linguistics makes it possible for exceptional students to count up to 12 hours of graduate courses toward both an undergraduate and graduate degree.

Program Highlights

What makes English (B.A.) and Applied Linguistics (M.A.) at ODU unique?

  • Reduces students’ graduate course requirements by allowing them to count up to 12 hours of qualifying coursework, taken at a graduate level, toward both an undergraduate and graduate degree (see Catalog for restrictions)

  • Students get an early start on their graduate studies in applied linguistics with a specific career in mind

  • Students explore their linguistic interests and passions and solidify their career paths as they explore various career opportunities


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Interpreters and Translators



Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.

Speech-Language Pathologists



Assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary



Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors



Teach or instruct out-of-school youths and adults in remedial education classes, preparatory classes for the General Educational Development test, literacy, or English as a Second Language. Teaching may or may not take place in a traditional educational institution.


What are some courses offered in English (B.A.) and Applied Linguistics (M.A.) at ODU?

ENGL 540:
General Linguistics

An introduction to linguistic analysis of world languages. Emphasis is on the analysis of sound systems |phonetics, phonology) and the structure of words and sentences |morphology and syntax).

ENGL 550:
American English

This course explores the geographic, social and stylistic diversity of English spoken in the U.S. It also examines how perceptions of dialect diversity affect access to education and other socioeconomic opportunities.

ENGL 577:
Language, Gender and Power

This interdisciplinary course explores how language reflects and interacts with society, with particular emphasis on gender and race. Topics include definition, framing, stereotypes, language taboos, and powerful and powerless language.


What are the requirements to apply for English (B.A.) and Applied Linguistics (M.A.) at ODU?

Students entering the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's of Art Program program in English (B.A.) and Applied Linguistics (M.A.) should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)


Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident

Per Credit:

$ 374


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate

Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States

Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Dual Course Credit

The linked bachelor’s–to–master’s program can save students the cost and study time of completing their graduate degree by getting dual course credit for both undergraduate and master's degree.


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I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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