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Master of Science in TESOL Admission Requirements

Required Documents

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
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SPGS Application and fee. Please note that this online form cannot be saved and must be completed in full in one session. Please complete all sections of the application.
New York State Certification
For those who hold Initial New York State certification in an area other than TESOL, the College will verify certification through TEACHONLINE. For those who hold Professional certification, please submit a copy of your New York State Certification.
Official transcripts from all post secondary institutions attended. The undergraduate GPA required for admission is 3.0. Applicants who have non-U.S. credentials must present a course-by-course evaluation of their international credentials. A number of agencies provide this service. The preferred service is the World Education Services (WES).
Please submit 2 letters of recommendation (one professional and one academic letter preferred).

References and transcripts can be sent separately or as part of the complete application. Both references and transcripts should be sent in envelopes sealed by the individual issuing the reference or the college issuing the official transcript. Copies and open envelopes are unofficial documents and will not be accepted.
Interview with the Program Coordinator
All applicants will need to conduct an admissions interview with the program coordinator.
Writing Proficiency
All degree candidates must successfully complete the English Essay Exam prior to acceptance into the program. No special preparation is required for this exam. The successful applicant will be contacted by the coordinator of the program for an appointment to take the exam.  Anyone whose proficiency exam demonstrates weakness in writing will be referred to the Academic Resource Center and/or registered for a non-credit course to improve writing skills prior to enrollment in graduate courses.

All required information must be on file before an admission decision will be made
by the Admission Committee.

If you have any questions regarding your application, contact Ellen Lynch, Graduate Admissions Counselor at or (718) 405-3320.