Rossier Audiences

Master of Arts in Teaching, TESOL – On Campus

Class Start Date: September 11, 2017

Please note: The on-campus application process, deadlines and start dates differ from the online Master of Arts in Teaching TESOL program.


Early Regular Final
Application Deadline December 1, 2015 February 1, 2016 June 1, 2016
Decision Notification January 8, 2016 March 15, 2016 July 11, 2016

Applicants who submit a complete application on or before the early deadline will receive primary consideration for USC Rossier Scholarships.

Review the Application FAQs

Application Requirements

A complete application includes all of the following:

  • Online application
  • $90 non-refundable application fee (on-campus)
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two short answer questions
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Scanned copies of university-issued official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended (regardless of whether credit or a degree was obtained)
  • Online video interview
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international applicants only*)

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Online Application

You must create an Apply Yourself (AY) account in order to apply to a graduate program at USC. Please set aside 45 to 60 minutes to complete the online application. Alternatively, you may save your information and continue it at a later date. If you are applying to multiple programs (including dual degrees), you will need to create a separate account for each application you wish to submit.

To begin the online application, visit the USC Graduate Admissions website.


A resume or CV highlighting your personal and professional experiences is required. Your resume should be detailed enough to help the Admissions Committee understand the various experiences – extracurricular, leadership, or volunteer – that have shaped your interest in the MAT-TESOL program.

Essay Responses

Essay responses will be used to evaluate an applicant’s personal, professional and educational experiences and the ability to effectively communicate ideas and organize written thoughts. Applicants are required to submit three essays. Essays should be double-spaced and a maximum of two pages in length.

  1. English language teaching is a broad domain and professionals in the field reflect a variety of backgrounds. We are interested in your background and the factors that have compelled you to enter this profession. What significant personal, professional, or academic experiences have contributed to your decision to pursue the MAT-TESOL? How have these experiences shaped your aspirations for your work in this field?
  2. Discuss how you believe the MAT-TESOL program will help you to reach your short- and long-term professional goals.
  3. In considering your personal, educational, and employment background, in what ways do you hope or expect to contribute to the academic and professional community at USC Rossier?

Official Test Scores


International students whose native language is not English and who completed their undergraduate work outside of the U.S. are required to submit an official TOEFL iBT or IELTS score as part of their application. You must have taken the test within the past two years. In order to be a competitive applicant, you must receive a score at or above 100 iBT or 250 CBT.

Official test scores should be sent from the testing agency directly to USC. Only scores received directly from the testing service are considered official. USC does not accept self-reported test scores.

USC’s ETS school code is 4852. Applicants taking the TOEFL should use this code to ensure that USC receives your official test results. No department code is required.

If you are sending IELTS scores, please select “University of Southern California” from the list of schools available for official score submission.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. Ideally, your recommendations should come from current and former supervisors who can comment on the value you have added to your workplaces, or former instructors who can describe your ability to perform well in graduate-level courses. Recommenders will receive an email with a password and directions to upload a letter. Recommenders must write a letter. Simply completing the recommender cover sheet will not suffice. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure recommenders submit an actual letter.

Official, Sealed Academic Transcripts

You may request and send transcripts prior to submitting the online application. You must send official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, regardless of whether or not credit or a degree was obtained. If the name on your transcripts is different than your current name, please include your current name on your transcript.

Electronic transcripts are preferred (from U.S. institutions only). If the institution offers an electronic transcript service, please have transcripts sent to

Hard copies should be sent to:

USC Rossier School of Education
Office of Admission and Scholarships
1150 South Olive Street
Suite 2100
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Review Timeline

Once your application is submitted and processed you will receive regular email updates (to the email address you provided on your application) indicating which documents have not been received. If you submitted a complete application by the deadlines listed above you will receive your admission decision by the corresponding notification date. In rare cases we may need additional information from you. If this is the case, our office will be in contact with you to ensure timely processing of your application.

Additional Admissions Criteria

Academic Background

The Admissions Committee looks for candidates whose prior academic work demonstrates the capability to succeed in a rigorous graduate program. All candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Applicants whose prior study was outside the United States must have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

There are no set prerequisite courses or majors; however, it is expected that applicants have a background in education as evidenced by their work experience and submitted transcripts. The Admissions Committee reviews performance in all prior postsecondary coursework.

Work Experience

Applicants must have at least some work or volunteer experience that is relevant to teaching or to TESOL.  It is preferred that applicants have at least one or more years of work experience, and/or a record of involvement and leadership.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact:

Michelle Nelson
Assistant Director, Office of Admissions and Scholarships
(213) 740-0224