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The graduate English program has been designed to prepare students for careers in the analysis and production of texts. The program covers issues and skills in reading and writing, in the richest sense of these words—in order to prepare students to address these issues and to teach these skills. Graduates of the program should be prepared for such careers as teaching writing and literature; teaching English as a second language; and writing for business, government, and other professions. In contrast to traditional M.A. programs, which place heavy emphasis on literary history, the IUPUI program focuses on the application of English studies to contemporary situations and problems.

Admission 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.     

Undergraduate Degree

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.

 Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

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

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.

  • The IUPUI Institution Code for ETS is: #1325
  • Recommended minimum scores for applicants who are nonnative speakers of English: 100 TOEFL iBT; 7.0 IELTS.

Additional information about international admissions can be obtained from the Office of International Affairs.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit 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. 

Personal Statement

Applicants must submit a 500-750 word personal statement in the following format:

  • Paragraph 1: Reasons for Applying to Our Program.

Describe your reasons for applying to graduate school in general and our program in particular. What aspects of our program do you see as being a good fit for you and your objectives?

  • Paragraph 2: Education and Other Experiences.

What has prepared and/or motivated you to do graduate work in TESOL? These might include academic, work or other experiences, study or travel abroad, research or writing projects, etc.

  • Paragraph 3: Goals in the Program.

Beyond the core coursework of 16 credit hours, is there a specific area of TESOL in which you want to gain experience? Do you plan to study full or part-time? Do you see yourself writing a thesis, and if so, on what topic?

  • Paragraph 4: Career Objectives.

What are your long-term career and/or personal goals, and how do you see your M.A. in TESOL degree helping you to achieve those goals?

  • Paragraph 5 (Optional): Program Opportunities and Funding.

Describe any specific opportunities you want to be considered for, including fellowships, assistantships, study abroad opportunities, etc.

Application Instructions

Follow the IUPUI application process as defined by the IUPUI Graduate Office. More information may be found here.

Online Application and Fee

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.