General Information

Program/Degree
English As A Second Language (MA) 
Program Description

Our Master of Arts in English as a Second Language (MA/ESL) degree program, designed for current and future professionals in applied linguistics and TESL/TEFL, offers a balanced emphasis on theory and practice.

The program is affiliated with the Center for ESL and the Graduate Interdisciplinary PhD in SLAT, and also offers an undergraduate concentration for English majors.

 

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

English -

Department of English Graduate Studies

The English Department maintains four degree-granting graduate programs:

  • Literature (MA and PhD) 
  • Creative Writing (MFA) 
  • Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, known as RCTE (MA and PhD) 
  • English Language/Linguistics, known as EL/L (MA in ESL, with ties to the PhD in SLAT)

Each of these programs is separately administered and has a separate application procedure. In general (some programs may make exceptions or have a different deadline) applications are due in early January (for matriculation the following August). Admissions are highly selective. The department therefore urges prospective applicants to confer, by early autumn at the latest, with the Director of the individual program in which they are interested.

To access the landing page for an individual program, click on its name below. On these pages you will find contact information for each program, as well as information about graduate study in the department.

General MA

The Department also offers a General MA, a flexible program that includes curricula from Literature, RCTE, and EL/L.

Additional Resources

English Graduate Union (EGU), represents all English graduate students 

Financial Opportunities: please email program assistant for information regarding financial support available to graduate students in the Department of English.

Tenney Nathanson
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of English 

 
College
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Marcia L Simon
520-621-1358
Graduate Program Coordinator
Marcia L Simon
520-621-1358
Director of Graduate Studies
Dwight Atkinson
520-621-1836
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Jessica N Kniest
520-626-1930
 
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the MAESL program will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Admission requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above in relevant fields (e.g. in social sciences, humanities, and education, but especially English and foreign languages). International applicants whose native language is not English need a total TOEFL score of at least 550 pbt, or 79 ibt, or an IELTS 7 (no subject below 6).

For normal Fall applicants, the deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 15. Early applications will be given precedence in funding. Late applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ELL program directly if you wish to be considered for Fall admission during the late spring/summer.

To apply:

  • Complete the online UA Graduate School application. The online Graduate School application will lead you to the online ELL program application. 
  • Please complete the online ELL application, and when prompted, please upload, in pdf or doc form:
    • Curriculum Vita (resumé) or equivalent
    • Scans of official transcripts from each academic institution attended. Please send official transcripts to the program address below. 
    • A two- to three-page statement of purpose. This statement should describe your teaching, leadership, and cross-cultural experiences as well as your academic and career goals. 
    • The email addresses of two or three referrers for letters of reference. The UA Graduate School will then send them emails asking them to upload the letters. Be sure to contact each referrer beforehand and ask him/her to address, in the letter, your:
      • academic performance and potential,
      • leadership activities and potential,
      • teaching performance, and
      • cross-cultural knowledge and sensitivity.
    • If you are an international student, self-report TOEFL scores. 
    • If you are interested in funding, please also: 
      • self-report GRE scores. GRE scores are not required of applicants not interested in funding. 
      • include a six- to ten-page writing sample on an academic topic. A writing sample is not required of applicants not interested in funding.
  • For international students, have TOEFL or IELTS scores sent directly to the UA Graduate College. The university code is 4832. TOEFL scores are not required of international applicants who consider themselves native speakers of English.
  • For applicants interested in funding, have GRE scores sent directly to the UA Graduate College. The university code is 4832. GRE scores are not required of applicants not interested in funding.
  • Send official copies of transcripts to the program address, along with a cover letter. Do not include hard copies of any other application materials. 

Program Address: 

English Language/Linguistics Program
University of Arizona
Department of English
1423 E. University Blvd.
Modern Languages Building Rm. 445
Tucson, AZ  85721-0067   U.S.A.

 
Standardized Tests

Required test(s):

International applicants whose native language is not English need a total TOEFL score of at least 550 pbt, or 79 ibt, or an IELTS 7 (no subject below 6).

GRE General test if you are seeking departmental funding

 
Financial Aid

Please see our webpage:  http://english.arizona.edu/language-and-linguistics/funding-opportunities

 

 
Admissions Deadlines

For normal Fall applicants, the deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 15. Early applications will be given precedence in funding. Late applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ELL program directly if you wish to be considered for Fall admission during the late spring/summer. 

 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 2599

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Our Master of Arts in English as a Second Language (MA/ESL) degree program, designed for current and future professionals in applied linguistics and TESL/TEFL, offers a balanced emphasis on theory and practice. Please see our webpage for more information: http://english.arizona.edu/language-and-linguistics/degree-requirements

 
Minor Requirements

N/A
 

 
Student Handbook
https://english.arizona.edu/eal-student-handbook  
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Last revised 21 Sep 2016