Application Requirements

Application Requirements

Next program start date: September 1, 2017

Application Deadlines

Deadline Notification by Commitment date
Non-permanent residents of Hong Kong requiring a student visa to study at HKUST June 1st June 15th June 23rd
Permanent residents of Hong Kong June 15th July 5th July 14th

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Application Requirements

To gain admission into the World Masters in Language Teaching program, you must be successfully admitted into both degree programs. Fall 2017 applicants will only be required to submit an application to the USC Rossier School of Education WMLT program, which will be reviewed by both USC Rossier and HKUST.

A complete application for the World Masters in Language Teaching program must include all of the following:

  • Online application
  • Online video interview
  • Application fee waiver letter (fall 2017 applicants only)
  • College or university issued official transcripts
  • Résumé/CV
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Non-permanent residents of Hong Kong: Financial documents and passport for student visa
  • Non-native English speakers: TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Chinese (TCSL) concentration applicants:
    • Non-native Chinese speakers: Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK by Hanban or the “New HSK”)
    • Native Chinese speakers: National Putonghua Proficiency Test (PSC)


 

Admissions Criteria

Academic Background

The USC Rossier admissions team seeks candidates whose prior academic work demonstrates the capability to succeed in a rigorous graduate program. To apply, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. If your prior academic study was completed outside the United States, you must have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Please visit the USC Office of Graduate Admissions site to review country-specific requirements for documents/transcripts and English language proficiency.

While there are no set prerequisite courses or majors, competitive applicants generally have an academic background related to the field of language education.

Work Experience

Applicants must have some work or volunteer experience relevant to teaching, language education or cross-cultural exchange. We prefer that you have at least one or more years of work experience and/or a record of involvement and leadership.

International Experience

Competitive applicants will have exposure to various cultures and countries via work or study abroad experiences.

Language Requirements

Most courses at both universities will be taught in English.

USC Requirements

If your native language is not English and you completed any of your undergraduate work outside the U.S., you will be required to submit an official TOEFL IBT or IELTS score as part of your 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.

HKUST Requirements

English

If your native language is not English and your degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was not English, you must complete the following English language requirements:

  • Chinese (TCSL) concentration applicants: IELTS greater than or equal to 6.5 (all sub-scores greater than or equal to 5.5), or TOEFL iBT greater than or equal to 85 (Writing greater than or equal to 20/30)
  • English (TESL) concentration applicants: IELTS greater than or equal to 7.0 (Writing greater than or equal to 7.0, and other sub-scores greater than or equal to 5.5), or TOEFL iBT greater than or equal to 100 (Writing greater than or equal to 27/30)
Chinese

Please note: Chinese language requirements are required only if you are applying to the Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL) concentration.

If you are applying to the Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL) concentration and your native language is not Chinese and your degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was not Chinese, you are required to fulfill the Chinese language requirement by completing the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK by Hanban or the “New HSK”) level 5 or above.

If your native language is Chinese or your degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was Chinese, you must demonstrate your Chinese proficiency by obtaining the National Putonghua Proficiency Test (PSC) Grade 2B or above.

Any transfer of students between the two concentrations must be approved by the HKUST Academic Director. Transfer is contingent on whether the student can meet the language proficiency requirement of the concentration to which they would like to transfer. Double-concentration is not allowed.

You will be required to upload copies of your score reports into the USC Rossier application to demonstrate you have passed the required language exams.


Application Instructions

Follow the instructions below to complete your application. For printable summary of application instructions, view the application checklist.

Please note the following:

  • ALL application materials must be submitted by the deadline that corresponds with your permanent resident status. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
    • June 1st : non-permanent residents of Hong Kong
    • June 15th: permanent residents of Hong Kong
  • Fall 2017 applicants will only be required to submit an application to the USC Rossier School of Education WMLT program, which will be reviewed by both USC Rossier and HKUST.

1. Complete the online application

You may save your information and continue to complete your application at a later date. If you are applying to multiple programs please indicate this in your application.

  • Enter your name as it appears on your government issued ID. Indicate any alternate or previous names in the “other name” field (i.e. maiden name)
  • Enter the email address USC Rossier should use to communicate with you throughout the application process.

2. Complete the online video interview

The video interview helps the admissions team get to know you beyond your online application. This is an opportunity for you to share your motivation to pursue a master’s degree, your leadership potential, and how you plan to make the most of your time at USC Rossier. We recommend that you submit your application at least one week before the deadline to ensure that you have time to complete the video interview.

    • Once you submit your online application, you will be sent an email invitation to a video interview consisting of three questions.
    • Complete and submit your video responses within one week of receiving your interview invitation. Record your responses using an internet-connected computer with a webcam. Please note that you can only record the interview once. Practice questions will be provided. For assistance with the video interview, email support@kiratalent.com.

3. Obtain an application fee waiver from USC Rossier prior to submitting your application

  • Fall 2017 applicants are eligible for an application fee waiver for the World Masters in Language Teaching program.
    • Start your online application – do not submit until the fee waiver is approved.
    • Email us at junious@rossier.usc.edu for instructions on how to receive your fee waiver.
      • Please submit your request 7 days prior to the June 1st deadline.
    • Have your fee waiver request approved – 7 days after your request is submitted.
    • Complete and submit your online application once you receive notification that your fee waiver has been approved.

4. Request college or university-issued official transcripts

College or university-issued transcripts must be received from all post-secondary institutions you attended, regardless of whether credit or a degree was earned.

Transcript submission is a two-step process:

Step One:

  • Request that official (not original) transcripts from each college or university you attended be mailed to your residence (print-outs from portals are not acceptable).
  • Scan and upload these official transcripts into the application system online. College or university-issued transcripts must be received from all institutions attended (regardless of whether credit or a degree was earned).
  • Confidentiality and Document Submission Policy
    • Transcripts and all other materials submitted for admission consideration become the property of USC. The university does not return or duplicate materials for any reason whatsoever. The information and materials in your submitted application are made available only to the central Office of Admission and the admission committee of the academic department or professional school to which you have applied.

Step Two:

  • After you submit your application and receive your 10-digit USC ID number, request that a second copy of all official transcripts be sent from all institutions directly to USC. You can use one of the following two methods to send USC your official transcripts:

Electronic transcripts
Official electronic transcripts are preferred as long as they are from a U.S. institution. Transcripts must be emailed directly from the college or university to the USC Office of Graduate Admission at rtimmins@usc.edu.

Hard copy transcripts
Hard copies of official transcripts from all post-secondary schools you have attended should be sent to the addresses provided below:

University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

Transcripts must arrive at USC in a sealed envelope from the institution. You may not send transcripts that have been previously opened.

5. Upload a résumé/CV

Your résumé should be detailed enough to help the admissions team understand the various experiences – extracurricular, leadership or volunteer – that have shaped your interest in the program.

  • Make sure your résumé clearly outlines your role(s) and responsibilities within each organization and highlight any special achievements or accomplishments.

6. Complete your personal statement

Your personal statement will be used to evaluate your personal, professional and educational experiences, path to a degree in language teaching and ability to effectively communicate ideas and organize written thoughts.

  • Upload your personal statement after responding to the essay prompt. Responses to personal statements should be double-spaced, typewritten pages with 12-point font and 1" margins on all sides. Make sure your name and question number is at the top of every page in the document.
  • Remain within assigned character limits.
  • The accepted file formats are MS Word (.doc, .docx), JPEG (.jpeg, .jpg), PNG (.png), Rich Text Format (.rtf), Portable Document Format (.pdf), and ASCII Text file (.txt). The size limit for each file upload is 5MB.

    TIPS:

    • Do not password protect your files.
    • Editable PDF forms are not supported. Please upload an image file or scanned copy of the document.

7. Input contact information for recommenders

Ideally, your recommendations will 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.

  • Provide the name and email address for each reference who will electronically submit a letter of recommendation.
  • References will receive an email with a link and directions for writing a letter and completing a cover sheet.
  • References must complete the cover sheet and write a letter.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure all recommendations are submitted by the deadline.

8. Submit proof of satisfying language requirement(s)

Non-U.S. applicants: request official copy of TOEFL or IELTS scores
Non-U.S. applicants whose native language is not English and who completed any undergraduate coursework outside of the U.S. are required to submit an official TOEFL IBT or IELTS score as part of their application. You must take the test within two years of your program start date.

  • 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.
  • TOEFL: To send scores, use USC’s ETS code 4852
  • IELTS: Select “University of Southern California” at the time of registration. Alternatively, provide this information to your testing center after taking the test. Scores are valid if earned within two years of the intended first term at USC.
  • No department code is required to send TOEFL or IELTS scores

Chinese (TCSL) concentration applicants, regardless of citizenship: upload official copies of one of the following test score reports into the USC Rossier application:

    • Non-native Chinese speakers: Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK by Hanban or the “New HSK”)
    • Native Chinese speakers: National Putonghua Proficiency Test (PSC)

APPLICANT INFORMATION FOR NON-CITIZENS OR RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES

USC Rossier welcomes applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. If you are a citizen of a country other than the United States, please be aware that you are subject to U.S. government regulations regarding entry into the United States and enrollment in an academic program. Please follow these additional instructions to complete your application:

Financial Statement and Passport

In order to obtain a student visa you will be asked to upload a Financial Statement/Verification of Funds document in your application as well as a copy of your passport.

Please complete this step at the time of application to prevent delays in processing your admission and student visa.

For more information, visit the international student application page.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

  • Once your USC Rossier application is submitted, a member of your admissions team will be in contact regarding the status of your application. Please check your inbox regularly for updates.
  • If your application to USC Rossier is complete by the deadline, you can expect to receive notification of your admission decision by the notification date associated with your resident status.
    • June 15th (non-Hong Kong citizens / permanent residents requiring a student visa to study at HKUST)
    • July 5th (Hong Kong citizens, permanent residents)