PhD in Applied Linguistics
new tenure-track faculty will be joining the NAU TESL/AL faculty in
Fall 2016: Dr. Jesse Egbert (currently an assistant professor at Brigham
Young University) and Dr. Vedran Dronjic (currently a post-doctoral
fellow at Carnegie Mellon University).
Jesse Egbert holds a Ph.D. from Northern Arizona University. He has two
primary research interests: (1) register variation, mostly within the
domains of academic writing and internet language, and (2) research
methods such as corpus design and methodological
triangulation. He and his wife, Rachelle, have four kids.
Vedran Dronjic holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He
specializes in psycholinguistic approaches to second language
acquisition with a focus on morphology, vocabulary, reading, and memory.
Please join us in welcoming them to our program!
08/26/2015: NAU’s PhD in Applied Linguistics program has a special opportunity to nominate
at least one strong PhD applicant who will begin degree work at NAU in
August, 2016, for a Presidential Fellowship. The Fellowship
includes an annual stipend of $27,000, a teaching assistantship (TAship), a
full tuition waiver, major
medical insurance benefits, and additional ($1,000) professional-development
funds. The Fellowship award is renewable for up to 4 years, pending good
academic progress. To be considered for a Presidential Fellowship nomination,
PhD applicants must (a) apply to the program early and (b) ensure that ALL
application materials—including the online NAU application, transcripts,
statement of purpose, current CV, recommendations, GRE scores, TAship
application materials, and, if relevant, TOEFL/IELTS scores—are received. The review of applications will
begin October 1, and applications
will be reviewed as they are received. To
begin the application process, go to http://nau.edu/gradcol/admissions/application/
The latest news and information on the Applied Linguistics and TESL programs at NAU can now be found on Facebook (here).
General Information: Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at NAU
Pursue a diverse range of issues in preparation for your
career as a researcher, teacher trainer, or leader in fields related to
teaching and learning second languages, including:
- Corpus linguistics
- Grammar and vocabulary
- Grammatical variation
- Language planning and policy
- Language testing and program evaluation
- Quantitative research methods
- Register and discourse analysis
- Second language acquisition
- Second language reading and writing
- Second language teaching and learning
- Speech perception and production
- Spoken discourse
- World Englishes
Our faculty work closely with individual students, helping
them to develop as colleagues in applied linguistics. As a result, our PhD
students have an outstanding record of publication and participation in major
conferences such as TESOL and AAAL. Graduates of our program have also been
highly successful at obtaining tenure-track faculty positions at major
Learn more about the program in the graduate college program notes.
TESL / Applied Linguistics Faculty
MA-TESL and PhD in Applied Linguistics handbook
Please see the academic catalog for the most recent information regarding courses and academic plans.
PhD in Applied Linguistics Catalog Information
List of PhDs in Applied Linguistics (1994-present)
The NAU academic catalog is the official,
authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any
discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the
catalog as the official, authoritative source.
Graduate Student Association of Applied Linguistics (GSAAL)Read more
Completion of the PhD requires:
- advanced course work
- excellent performance on a variety of assessment
- evidence of ability to carry out independent
Please see the academic catalog for the most recent information regarding courses and academic
Graduate Student Association of Applied Linguistics
- Passing the PhD screening process, which
comprises completion of the university MA-TESL comprehensive examination plus
completion of an original empirical research paper within three semesters of
provisional admission. Passing the screening process requires an overall
assessment of high pass on the comprehensive exam and empirical research paper.
- Satisfying the PhD language requirement.
- Preparation of PhD qualifying exam papers based
on questions provided by the student's dissertation committee members.
- Preparation and oral defense of a dissertation
- Preparation and oral defense of a dissertation.
- Presentation of a public lecture based on the
dissertation, preferably immediately preceding the oral defense.
Financial AidRead more
Various forms of financial support including, graduate teaching assistantships, are available.
If you are interested in a GTA position with the Program in Intensive English (PIE), please download the application here.
To qualify, you must have a master’s degree and a minimum
3.0 grade point average.
Applications will be considered until the end of April for
the following fall semester. However,
first priority is given to applicants submitting their material by February 1
for the following fall semester.
Applicants who are interested in teaching assistantships or
tuition waivers are encouraged to apply by February 1 for first review of
files for financial aid.
1. Prepare your documents for submission to the Graduate College
Your application should include:
- recent GRE scores for the general test taken
within the last 5 years
- for non-native English speakers: Official iBT (TOEFL) scores taken within the last 2 years; minimum score of 100 iBT (reading: 27, listening: 24, speaking: 22, writing: 27) or IELTS scores of reading: 7.5, listening: 7, speaking: 7, writing: 7.5 required for admission
- a curriculum vitae that describes your
educational background, employment history, and professional activities
- a statement of purpose that describes why you
are interested in obtaining a PhD from Northern Arizona University, what
research focus you anticipate pursuing, and how you ultimately intend to use
- 3 letters of recommendation from people who can
attest to your ability and potential for doctoral level work
- 1-2 sample publications or manuscripts (both hard and electronic copies);
manuscripts from presentations or term papers from graduate courses are
- a copy of your transcripts with the application
submission (may be unofficial); an official copy of your transcript will be
required before beginning the program or being awarded financial aid
2. Submit an application for graduate study to the Graduate College.
Apply to the Graduate College.