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    Jun 16, 2024  
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA in TESOL)

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English is an essential skill in the 21st century. Adults, both in the United States and abroad, are seeking opportunities to acquire professional and academic English skills. Become part of the exciting and growing field of teaching English to speakers of other languages!

Hamline’s cutting-edge Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA in TESOL) prepares you to meet the needs of these learners through immersion in first-rate scholarship that prepares you for a dynamic global career working with private and public universities in the U.S. and abroad, international corporations and NGOs, and private language schools in teaching or administration.

With an MA in TESOL from Hamline, you will: 

  • Understand the relationship between language and culture and its implications for learning and society.
  • Develop 21st-century skills in teaching and assessment.
  • Design curricula for general and specialized purposes for any setting.
  • Establish the research skills you need to be an informed, active, and collaborative practitioner.
  • Become an advocate and leader in the TESOL field.

The MA in TESOL is offered fully online.


MA in TESOL Degree Requirements (34 credits and 3.0 GPA):

MA in TESOL Application Requirements:

  1. A free, online application (available through Graduate Admission,
  2. An official transcript of a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 from a regionally-accredited university or evaluated as such by an expert Academic Credential Evaluator. This should be sent directly from the institution to Graduate Admission or provided in a sealed, signed envelope. You do not have to supply transcripts for courses taken at Hamline University.
  3. A 2-page essay explaining why you have decided to pursue the MA in TESOL and how the program will support your professional goals. Your essay should include an overview of your strengths, experience, and expertise in teaching and/or research and identify what areas of the TESOL field interest you most and why.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can accurately assess your potential for successful graduate study. Letters must be sent directly to Graduate Admission by the persons writing the recommendations.
  5. Non-native speakers of English must also submit evidence of either a bachelor’s degree from a English-language university or a TOEFL score of 100 for internet-based, 250 for computer-based, or 600 for paper-based or IELTS score of 7.

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