Apply to the M.A.-TESOL Program

Application Deadlines

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 15 for international applicants and June 20 for domestic applicants.

How to Apply

Submit your online application via Apply YourselfPlease be sure to apply to the MA TESOL program, not the MA Linguistics program.

CHECKLIST: Your completed application MUST contain the following materials:

  • Application.
  • 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):
  1. Minimum total TOEFL/IELTS score: 90 (iBT TOEFL) or 6.5 (IELTS). 
  2. 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.