Applied Linguistics and Technology


Our PhD program in Applied Linguistics & Technology focuses on English language description, teaching, learning, and assessment with particular emphasis on issues and practices related to technology use and design. It prepares students for a variety of academic appointments in departments of applied linguistics and English and for professional opportunities in research and development foundations, international publishing enterprises, and government agencies in the U.S. and around the world where English as a second language is taught and used for specific educational, vocational, and professional purposes. Candidates are required to complete 72 graduate credit hours including a dissertation, to meet a language requirement that may be fulfilled in a number of ways (students whose native language is other than English are considered to have met the language requirement after satisfying the Graduate College English requirement), and to pass a portfolio assessment, a preliminary examination (consisting of a dissertation proposal and pilot study and a written response to questions about the proposal or pilot study), and an oral defense of the dissertation.

Ph.D. Offered: Yes

Master's Offered: None

Online Degrees: None

Ph.D. Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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Contact: Teresa Smiley
Phone: 515-294-2477
E-mail Address:


ISU-wide: Academic Records, GPA, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadlines: January 5 once per year for fall semester entry only

Program Requires GRE: Yes

Program Requires GMAT : No

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 640
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 111
PTE 79

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application

Mailing Address if needed:

English Department
Graduate Studies Program
227 Ross Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1201