Apply to the M.A.-TESOL Program
Admission is for the Fall semester only. For best consideration, your application should be completed as early as possible, but the final deadline for applications is April 1 for international applicants and July 1 for domestic applicants.
How to Apply
Submit your online application via Apply Yourself. Please be sure to apply to the MA TESOL program, not the MA Linguistics program.
CHECKLIST: Your completed application MUST contain the following materials:
- Statement of purpose and CV (curriculum vitae) or resume.
- 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.
- Non-refundable application fee of $100, paid online by credit card.
- Official Transcripts: Two official copies of all previous transcripts for all colleges and universities attended, including junior and senior college and graduate transcripts (if applicable). If transcripts are in a language other than English, certified English translations are required in addition to the original documents. Transcripts should be sent to Michelle Carbone, Department of Linguistics, Stony Brook NY 11794-4376. EXCEPTION: You do NOT need to supply official transcripts from coursework taken at Stony Brook University, since we have access to those.
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test scores: For information on the GRE, visit the GRE website.
- For students whose native language is not English: TOEFL or IELTS scores, taken within the last two years.
Most of these materials will be submitted online. Any materials submitted by mail should be sent to the following address:
Michelle Carbone, Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Linguistics, Room S-201 Social & Behavioral Sciences Building
Stony Brook NY 11794-4376
Minimum Requirements for Admission to M.A.-TESOL Program
In considering applicants for admission, we look at the overall application package. However, the requirements below constitute the minimum for admission:
- Baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (or equivalent). This requirement can be waived for applicants who have obtained a master’s degree with a GPA over 3.0. A final transcript showing that the baccalaureate degree has been awarded must be presented at the time of registration.
- 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.
- English language proficiency: For students whose native language is not English, both (a) and (b):
- Minimum total TOEFL/IELTS score: 90 (iBT TOEFL) or 6.5 (IELTS).
- Minimum scores on the speaking component of the TOEFL/IELTS:
- 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 ESL 598 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.