You must have both:

  • a bachelor’s degree
  • a minimum 3.0 grade point average

Submission deadlines

You may submit your application, for Fall-semester admissions only, throughout the academic year. However, first priority is given to applicants submitting their material by February 1 for the following Fall semester.

If you’re interested in a graduate assistantship or tuition waiver, you are encouraged to apply by January 31 for financial aid purposes.

Application materials

Your application should include:

  • a letter of intent, 2– 3 pages in length, that describes why you are interested in obtaining an MA-TESL degree from Northern Arizona University and how you intend to use your degree;
  • for non-native English speakers, official TOEFL or IELTS scores taken within the last two years. See minimum total and part scores required for admission here;
  • a copy of your transcripts with the application submission (may be unofficial); an official copy of your transcripts will be required before beginning the program or being awarded financial aid.


You will find information about the application for graduate study at the Graduate College website.