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Apply to the M.A. TESOL Program

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

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. 

  Apply yourself website  (Please be sure to apply to the MA TESOL program, not the MA Linguistics program.)

For admission to the   M.A.  program in TESOL, the following are required:

Bachelors degree and Official transcripts
A bachelors degree is required. Students must present evidence that such a degree will be awarded by the time they begin graduate work. 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.  Transcrips 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, since we have access to those.

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)
Please request that   ETS  send official score reports to Stony Brook University (School code 2548) and the Department of Linguistics (code 2903). Note that paper copies are neither required nor accepted by the Graduate School, only official score reports by   ETS are required. For information on the GRE, visit the  GRE website.

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


Please note:

1) If you apply after April 1, you should upload an electronic copy of your transcript with your application in ApplyYourself.  If you have already submitted your application, email a copy of your unofficial transcript to Michelle Carbone ( Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for the application and will also be valid for matriculation. An official transcript, however, must be submitted during the Fall 2020 semester, prior to registration for the Spring 2021 semester.  

2) If you have questions, please contact the department via email ( Access to telephone messages is limited, and so response to telephone messages will suffer delay.

3) Due to the worldwide closure of testing centers, the Department of Linguistics is waiving the GRE requirement for applications to its MA programs for Fall 2020.  This includes applications to the MA-TESOL, MA in Computational Linguistics, and the MA in Linguistics.  

For international applicants, scores from the Duolingo English test will be accepted in lieu of scores from IELTS or TOEFL.  For Duolingo links, visit: