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2022 Best Applied Linguistics Master's Degree Schools

4 Colleges in the United States
100 Master's Degrees
When it comes to popularity, a master's degree in applied linguistics sits in the middle of the road, ranking #569 out of 1095 majors in the country. So, it might take a little more work to find colleges and universities that offer the degree program.

College Factual looked at 4 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Applied Linguistics Master's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 100 master's degrees in applied linguistics during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Applied Linguistics School for Your Master's Degree

Best Applied Linguistics Master's Degree Schools Your choice of applied linguistics for getting your master's degree school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a master's degree school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking which itself looks at a collection of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 49% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 646 to 407 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on applied linguistics students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of applied linguistics students who choose to seek a master's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized applied linguistics related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for applied linguistics students working on their master's degree.

More Ways to Rank Applied Linguistics Schools

The applied linguistics school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Applied Linguistics Master's Degree Schools.

Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Applied Linguistics in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a master's degree in applied linguistics.

Top Schools for a Master's in Applied Linguistics

#1

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a master's degree in applied linguistics has to take a look at West Virginia University. WVU is a very large public university located in the small city of Morgantown. This university ranks 3rd out of 14 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of West Virginia.More information about a master’s in applied linguistics from West Virginia University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MI
4 Annual Graduates

It's hard to beat Grand Valley State University if you want to pursue a master's degree in applied linguistics. Located in the suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #371 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means GVSU is a great university overall.

There were approximately 4 applied linguistics students who graduated with this degree at GVSU in the most recent data year.

More information about a master’s in applied linguistics from Grand Valley State University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MA
47 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in applied linguistics has to check out University of Massachusetts - Boston. Located in the city of Boston, UMass Boston is a public university with a large student population. This university ranks 39th out of 49 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 47 applied linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UMass Boston in the most recent data year.

More information about a master’s in applied linguistics from University of Massachusetts - Boston

#4

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In OR
10 Annual Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in applied linguistics needs to check out University of Oregon. Located in the midsize city of Eugene, UO is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #461 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means UO is a great university overall.

There were roughly 10 applied linguistics students who graduated with this degree at UO in the most recent data year.

More information about a master’s in applied linguistics from University of Oregon

Applied Linguistics by Region

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One of 5 majors within the Linguistics & Comparative Literature area of study, Applied Linguistics has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Linguistics 456
Modern Languages 251
Language Translation 154
Comparative Literature 145
Other Linguistic, Comparative, & Related Language Studies & Services 27

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Pandit Rahul Sanskrutayan, Banshidhar Mohanty. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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