La Trobe University

Master of Applied Linguistics


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
2 years full-time or 3-4 years part-time
Fees and costs
$19,600 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.
This program focuses on research across the concerns related to language

in applied contexts. It is available by coursework, a combination of coursework and a minor thesis, or by research. Majors include Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Languages Other than English (LOTE) teaching, and intercultural communication.

This is a teacher development course and is appropriate if you’re teaching at any level. It will add a specialist qualification or lead to further study opportunities in the broad field of education or applied linguistics.

Entry requirements


Applicants with a three-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification are eligible for entry to the full two-year program. Applicants with a four-year teaching qualification, Honours degree or a relevant Graduate Diploma from a recognised university or institution are eligible for Advanced Standing entry to the one-year program. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Career outcomes

Graduates can find roles in the planning, administration and delivery of language and literacy programs, and will be qualified to undertake applied research relevant to their professional responsibilities and interests. Typical graduate roles include tutor, lecturer, ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher and applied linguistics curriculum coordinator.

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

$19,600 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.


Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018. How to apply for a postgraduate coursework degree To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe: - ask us a question - book a one-on-one consultation - chat online - visit our FAQ page - connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

Additional information

With an approved research component, the course can provide a direct pathway to doctoral studies.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.