The 31-credit hour Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a professional degree that prepares you to become effective teachers of English to adult learners who speak other native languages, both in the U.S. and abroad. The M.A. in TESOL provides both a strong theoretical foundation as well as hands-on practical experiences.
For information about the program, contact:
Estela Ene, Ph.D.
To contact the Graduate Office:
IUPUI Graduate Office
University Library, Room 1170
755 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
The 31-credit hour M.A. in TESOL is comprised of core courses, elective courses, and the completion of either a thesis or internship. Please click on the tabs above for more information. Course descriptions may be found.
M.A. students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B average).
No courses with a grade of C or lower will count toward graduation requirements.
Applications for the M.A. in TESOL degree are accepted on a rolling-basis and should meet all applicable requirements as described below. Final admission is based upon the approval of the admissions committee, which is comprised of the English Department’s Director of Graduate Studies, the Director of the M.A. in TESOL, program faculty members, and departmental administrative staff.
Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), or the equivalent, in the student’s undergraduate major, documented by an official transcript.
Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar of your undergraduate institution to our Graduate Programs Assistant (see main page). Official transcripts can be sent either via ground mail as a sealed copy or via email with a link to download an electronic copy. We cannot accept scans of transcripts or unsealed transcripts from applicants.
GRE General Test official scores are required and must be reported directly to IUPUI by ETS (no Subject Test required). Register to take the exam or request score reports at ETS.org.
Please have ETS submit your scores directly to IUPUI, as we cannot accept self-reported scores. The IUPUI Institution Code for ETS is #1325.
TOEFL or IELTS official scores are required for nonnative speaking applicants only and must be reported directly to IUPUI. Test scores are not required if the applicant has earned (or will earn) a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a country where English is the official language (please refer to the Office of International Affairs website.) The department will only consider applications once the required minimum score is met and does not offer admission to applicants not meeting the required minimum scores.
Additional information about international admissions can be obtained from the Office of International Affairs.
Applicants must request three letters of recommendation using the electronic letter of recommendation option in the online application system. These letters should be from persons qualified to comment on your preparation for graduate study in TESOL. All recommendations must come directly from the recommenders. We cannot accept scanned or otherwise unofficial recommendations from applicants.
The on-line graduate school application can be found at “Apply Now”.
There is an application fee required by the IUPUI Graduate Office to be paid when the application is submitted, unless a previous application has been submitted (see below). The fee is $60 for domestic USA students and $65 for international students.
Even if you have already submitted an application for a graduate or certificate program in English at IUPUI, you will need to create a new pin and password. If this is the case, please contact the IUPUI Graduate Office so that your application fee can be waived.
Applications for fall semester financial aid (including university fellowships) are due January 29 of the same year.
Applications for the fall semester are due April 15 of the same year.
Applications for the spring semester are due October 15 of the preceding year.
Applications for any summer session are due February 15 of the same year.
Departmental support and professional development opportunities are available on a competitive basis. These include teaching, tutoring, or research in the English for Academic Purposes (EAP), the Program for Intensive English (PIE), ESL Tutoring Center, International Center for Intercultural Communication (ICIC), the University Writing Center, or writing and literature courses in the English Department.
IUPUI is part of the Midwest Student Exchange Program, which was established to increase interstate educational opportunities for students in Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin to enroll at IUPUI at a reduced cost.
Information about other sources of financial aid available to most graduate students can be found at the Office of Student Financial Services.