TESOL MA Program Requirements

Language Requirement:

  • Students whose first language is English must have a minimum of two consecutive years of high school foreign language study or one year of college-level foreign language study or an equivalent. This requirement may be met in residence, but courses taken to fulfill it will not count toward the degree.
  • Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of iBT 80 or IELTS 6.5 to be admitted to the program.

Capstone Requirement:

  • Oral Defense Option: Requires students to conduct a primary research project and to give an oral presentation at an organized conference.
  • Thesis Option: Requires students to write an extensive research manuscript that contributes new knowledge to the field. To pursue a thesis, students must have faculty approval.

Coursework Requirement:

  • 34-35 credits for students complete Oral Defense capstone
  • 33 credits for students completing Thesis capstone