Welcome to the Ph.D. Program in Second Language Studies (SLS) at Michigan State University. The SLS Ph.D. Program is for researchers and teacher-researchers interested in second language acquisition (SLA), applied linguistics,  bilingualism, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, pragmatics, and language assessment. Our program provides students with a firm foundation in a range of research techniques and approaches. A cornerstone of our program is student-faculty interaction, whether in the classroom as students (where students further their knowledge and develop their skills in SLA and applied linguistics), or outside the classroom in joint research projects. Students graduate with an outstanding skill set that allows them to contribute to the ongoing scholarly debates in the field of SLA and applied linguistics. Simply put, our graduates become leaders in the broader discipline of second language studies and become leaders locally, nationally, and globally.

We encourage you to contact us with your comments or questions by sending an email to our Graduate Program Secretary, Mr. Benjamin Lampe. His email address is lampeben@msu.edu.

Paula Winke, Professor
Director, Second Language Studies