Mission, Goals, Graduate Attributes, and Program Learning Outcomes (MAAL)


"The mission of the MA Applied Linguistics program is to equip the students with in-depth and specialized knowledge, academic and professional skills in the field of Applied Linguistics, and to prepare and inspire them to contribute to knowledge and to address local language needs from a glocal perspective."


  1. To provide participants with in-depth and specialised body of knowledge and understanding of Applied Linguistics and its sub-disciplines.
  2. To equip the students with research skills, needed to pursue their graduate studies in the field.
  3. To provide the students with critical socio-cultural and linguistic awareness of the role of language issues locally and globally.
  4. To develop students' ability to manage, reflect on and enhance their own learning.
  5. To develop participants’ ability to reflect critically on linguistic behavior and the relationship of theory to practice.
  6. To equip English teachers with the needed skills to enhance their teaching performance.

Graduate Attributes

  1. Academic and professional experts: who have profound knowledge and understanding of the field of Applied Linguistics and professional skills necessary to the jobs in this field.
  2. Life-long self-directed learners: able to continue to autonomously improve their knowledge, skills, and competences related to their field of specialization after completing the program.
  3. Critical thinkers: able to make clear and reasoned judgements about their academic and professional career.
  4. Effective communicators: able to articulately exchange academic and professional ideas, thoughts, knowledge, and information with others
  5. Independent and responsible researchers: able to carry out original research independently with full observation of ethical principles
  6. Community contributors: willing to volunteer their knowledge, competencies, and time in ways that address community needs.

Program Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding: students will be able to

K1 Accurately describe language structure and use by using appropriate theories, concepts and terminology from linguistics and applied linguistics theories

K2 Extensively explain linguistic, psychological and social theories associated with language acquisition, learning, and use

K3 Critically identify the close connection between language, culture, and society in various cultural contexts

K4 Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the current issues of language in education including the use of technology for language learning, teaching, and assessment

K5 Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of applied linguistics areas, the recent developments in the field, and the different research methods to approach the different emerging areas

Skills: students will be able to

S1 Produce original academic texts that follow the professional academic community conventions

S2 Insightfully apply the specialized linguistics and applied linguistics theories in investigating local and global language concerns and issues

S3 Critically appraise the language-in-education situation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

S4 Use appropriate methods and advanced technology in language data collection, analysis, and interpretation

S5 Plan and carry out an original applied linguistics research project of substantial scope

Values: students will be able to

V1 Demonstrate integrity, professional and academic values when performing learning tasks and research assignments of the program courses

V2 Initiate their own opportunities for professional development in field of Applied Linguistics

V3 Monitor their learning and performance autonomously

V4 Participate in the Applied Linguistics research and professional associations and projects and undertake leadership roles in these activities

V5 Employ the knowledge and skills they gain from the program in addressing and solving educational and community language issues

Admission Terms/Conditions/Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements stated in the Unified Regulations for Postgraduate Studies in Saudi Universities, the applicant has to:

  1. Have a B. A. in language;
  2. Achieve the required score in any one of the following standardized tests:
    • TOEFL IBT (60-78);  
    • STEP (97); 
    • IELTS (6). 

The Department Council and College Council have the right to add any condition as necessary.

Last reviewed: 2/27/2022

Source: Dr. Ismail Khalil Al Refaai, MA Programs Coordinator

This page and its translated version are currently under review. Please contact Dr. Ismail Khalil Al-Refaai (ikalrefaai@kku.edu.sa) for any questions, comments, or enquiries.