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Apply to the MA-TESOL Program

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 15 for international students
                                                       June 1st for domestic students

Apply:  SLATE Graduate Admissions

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis starting in early April. For best consideration, we strongly encourage you to apply to the program as early as possible. Your application will not be considered until all required materials are received by the department.

For admission to the MA program in TESOL, the following are required:

Bachelor's degree and official transcripts

A bachelor's degree is required. Students must present evidence that such a degree will be awarded by the time they begin graduate work.

You will need to upload copies of your transcripts onto the  SLATE application system in addition to official submission.  Uploaded copies are for review purposes only.

Review Official School Transcripts here:

Official Electronic transcripts are to be sent to e-mail:

Mailed Transcripts should be sent to: 

Office of Graduate and Health Sciences Admissions

Stony Brook University

Health Sciences Tower, Level 2, Rm. 271

Stony Brook, NY 11794-8276

EXCEPTION: You do NOT need to supply official transcripts from coursework taken at Stony Brook University.

Cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (or its foreign equivalent) on a four-point scale. If you have attended graduate school and obtained a master’s degree, and the GPA is over 3.0, then the GPA of the undergraduate school can be below 3.0 for regular admission.

Three (3) letters of recommendation
As many letters as possible (but at minimum one letter) should be from instructors who can comment on your performance as a student.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
The Graduate School at Stony Brook has waived the GRE General Test requirement for the 2021-2022 application cycle. Those applying for Fall '22 admission are therefore not required to submit a GRE score. 

Statement of purpose

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Foreign language proficiency

Native speakers of English must provide evidence of at least one year of study of a language other than English at the college level with a grade of C or better. 

In addition to undergraduate course credit, students may also satisfy the language requirement for certification by passing the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test at proficiency level equivalent to one year of college study. Please visit the College Board’s CLEP Tests page ( for the most current information.

Students who are seeking New York State certification will need to satisfy additional requirements for foreign language study before receiving certification.


  • Non-native speakers of English must have obtained a minimum total score of 90 on iBT TOEFL or 6.5 on IELTS.
  • Minimum scores on the speaking component of the TOEFL/IELTS are 22 (iBT TOEFL) or 6.5 (IELTS). Accepted students with scores 22-24 (iBT TOEFL) or 6.5-7 (IELTS) will be required to complete
  • OAE 594  in their first semester in the program.

Please note that non-native speakers who are seeking New York State certification must achieve a speaking component score of 28 (iBT) or the equivalent.

Students must be accepted by both the Department of Linguistics and the Graduate School.

For general information on the admissions process, see the Graduate School Admissions


If you have questions, please contact the department via email: