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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

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. Official electronic transcripts sent directly from the educational institution are accepted as official.  Electronic transcripts are to be sent to  Two official copies of all previous transcripts for all colleges and universities attended, including junior and senior college and graduate transcripts (if applicable).  You will need to upload copies of your transcripts onto the  SLATE application system in addition to mailing.    If transcripts are in a language other than English, certified English translations are required in addition to the original documents.  Transcripts should be mailed to:

Michelle Carbone
Department of Linguistics
Room: S-201
Social   &  Behavioral Sciences Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook,   NY 11794-4376

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)
Stony Brook Graduate School policy has long required a GRE general test score from all applicants.  The Graduate School at Stony Brook has waived the GRE General Test requirement for the 2021-2022 application cycle. Applicants who will hold a non-TESOL NY teaching certificate by August 2022 will not be required to submit a GRE general test score. Those wishing to apply for the 48-credit program (leading to initial certification in TESOL) will be required to submit a GRE general test score in support of their application. 

Statement of purpose

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Foreign language proficiency

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