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How to Apply to the MA in TESOL Program

Applicants who seek admission to the Master of Arts in TESOL need to meet the general IUP institutional requirements as well as the specific MA in TESOL program requirements.

1. IUP Institutional Requirements

To learn about graduate admissions at IUP in general, candidates to the M.A. in TESOL program should go to the School of Graduate Studies and Research to access:

  • Application Information: Admission requirements and application instructions
  • Forms and Applications: Admissions application, international forms
  • Financial Information: Tuition and fees

For more general information about graduate applications to IUP, please call the School of Graduate Studies and Research at 724-357-2222 or e-mail

2. M.A. TESOL Program Requirements

In addition to meeting IUP’s general graduate admissions requirements, candidates to the M.A. in TESOL program should be aware of the following:

  • Candidates are expected to have at least a 3.0 GPA  (B average), preferably in a relevant field of study such as TESOL, ESL, EFL, second/foreign language, linguistics, English, composition, literature, education, sociology, psychology, anthropology, or history.
  • Candidates with strong academic records but with backgrounds in other disciplines may be admitted conditionally pending completion of ENGL 526 ESL Methods and Materials.
  • Candidates are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), but may submit it to bolster their applications.
  • Candidates who are speakers of English as a second language are required to submit with their applications a minimum TOEFL score of 570 paper-based (PBT), 230 computer-based (CBT), or 88 internet-based (iBT), and a minimum TWE (Test of Written English) score of 4.5.

All applications to the M.A. TESOL program will be assessed according to the following admissions criteria:

  • Academic record and other evidence of academic ability
  • Quality of the personal statement of goals. You may include in it a rationale for selecting TESOL and the IUP M.A. in TESOL program, an explanation of the relevance of your academic and professional background to your graduate studies, and a statement of your academic and professional goals.
  • Disciplinary background
  • Letters of recommendation. These are reviewed for the evidence they provide about the applicant’s academic, scholarly, teaching and other professional accomplishments and abilities, as well as for his/her general human, social, communication, and other related skills.
  • Teaching/professional experience
  • Language proficiency (only for speakers of English as a second language)

For more information about applications to the M.A. TESOL Program, please contact 724-357-2263, visit the M.A. TESOL program web page, or e-mail

3. M.A. TESOL Application Instructions

To apply to the M.A. TESOL Program, please submit the following materials to the IUP School of Graduate Studies and Research:

  • Application Form — available at How to Apply to Graduate School
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, even if a degree was not obtained from a particular institution
  • Signed, dated personal statement of academic and career goals
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL score (only for speakers of English as a second language)
  • Nonrefundable $30 application fee

Send application materials to: IUP School of Graduate Studies and Research Stright Hall, Room 101, 210 South 10th Street, Indiana, PA 15705

4. M.A. TESOL Application Deadlines

  • Application deadline—All application materials must be submitted by February 1.
  • Graduate English
  • Leonard Hall, Room 111
    421 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705-1094
  • Phone: 724-357-2264
  • Fax: 724-357-3056
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.