Application Requirements

Application Requirements

USC Rossier Deadline

Deadline Notification by
June 1, 2018 June 15, 2018

Yonsei Deadline

The Yonsei application must be completed between April 1 – May 25, 2018. The hard copy application must arrive at Yonsei University by May 25, 2018. We strongly recommend that you postmark your application by May 18, 2018 for arrival by the May 25th deadline.

Application Requirements

To gain admission into the World Masters in Language Teaching program, you must be successfully admitted into both degree programs. You must complete all application requirements from both universities.

USC Rossier application requirements

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended
  • Résumé/CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose and short answer responses
  • Recorded video response
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee
  • Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States: TOEFL or IELTS scores

Yonsei application requirements

  • Hard copy application (no online application available)
  • Official hard copy transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended
  • Official hard copy degree certificate (not required if graduation date or degree accrediting number is written on the official transcript)
  • Two hard copy letters of recommendation (with signature across the seal)
  • Hardcopy language test result. Submit one of the documents below:
    1. Documents proving your Korean or English proficiency (e.g. transcript from the university you attended in an English speaking country )
    2. Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) score of 3
    3. English Test Score Report: TOEFL PBT 530, IBT 71, TOEIC 750, TEPS 600, IELTS 5.5
  • Proof of admission to USC (If not received from USC by the Yonsei deadline date, it should be sent as soon as possible)
  • Copy of passport
  • Proof of funds


USC Rossier 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 United States 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

USC Rossier

If your native language is not English and you completed any of your undergraduate work outside the United States, 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. You are exempt from this requirement if: you hold a bachelor’s degree completed in its entirety in the United States or another Anglophone country or you are from a country where English is both the only official language of the country and the language of instruction.


While not required for admission, students who wish to pursue the Korean language teaching certification must demonstrate academic proficiency in the Korean language by submitting a score of 6 on the Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK). Test scores are required at the time of enrollment in the fieldwork course at Yonsei.

USC Rossier Application Instructions

ALL application materials must be submitted by the deadline.

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.

  • Select the application for the “World Masters in Language Teaching” program
  • 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. Request official transcripts

College or university-issued transcripts must be received from all postsecondary institutions you attended (regardless of whether credit or a degree was earned).

Step One:

  • Request official transcripts (electronic or hard copy) from each college or university you attended and have them sent to you (printouts from portals are not acceptable).
  • Scan and upload these official transcripts into the application system online.

Step Two:

  • After you submit your application and receive your 10-digit USC ID number, request a second copy of all official transcripts and have them sent directly to USC. You can use one of the following 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

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.

3. Upload a résumé/CV

Your résumé should be detailed enough to help the admissions committee 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. Highlight any special achievements or accomplishments.

4. Input contact information for recommenders

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.

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

5. Write your statement of purpose and short answer responses

The statement of purpose will be used to evaluate program fit.

  • Review the instructions in the application and write an essay describing your objectives in pursuing this program. Response should not exceed three pages.

Essay responses will be used to evaluate your personal, professional and educational experiences, path to a degree in student affairs and ability to effectively communicate ideas and organize written thoughts.

  • Answer the required essay and short answer questions in the online application. Remain within assigned character limits for each question.

6. Record a short video response

The short video response will allow the admissions team to get to know you beyond your online application.

  • After you submit your online application, you will be sent an email invitation to a short video prompt. The invitation to complete this portion of the application is typically sent 3-5 days after your online application has been successfully submitted. We recommend that you submit your application at least one week before the deadline to ensure that you receive and complete the video interview prior to the application deadline.
  • Record your response using an internet-connected computer with a webcam. Please note that you can only record the response once. Practice questions will be provided. For assistance with the video response, email

7. Submit $90 application fee or obtain fee waiver

  • Application fees must be paid via credit or debit card
  • An application fee waiver is available to applicants who meet certain eligibility criteria. If you choose to apply for a fee waiver you must:
    1. Start your online application – do not submit until fee waiver is approved.
    2. Provide supporting documents to demonstrate qualification.
    3. Have your fee waiver request approved.
    4. Complete and submit your online application.
  • Eligibility criteria and instructions for obtaining a fee waiver can be found at the USC Graduate Admission website.


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:

Request official copy of TOEFL or IELTS

If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you are 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. 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. You are exempt from this requirement if: you hold a bachelor’s degree completed in its entirety in the United States or another Anglophone country or you are from a country where English is both the only official language of the country and the language of instruction.

  • 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 and IELTS scores

Financial Statement

If you are not a United States citizen or resident, you may also be asked to submit a Financial Statement/Verification of Funds document.

For more information, visit the international student application page.


  • Once your application is submitted, refer to your USC Rossier personal portal application status tab for updates on your application status (including missing items).
  • If your application is complete by the round application deadline, you can expect to receive notification of your admission decision no later than June 15th.

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