Teaching English To Speakers of Other Languages
Application Deadlines
Fall:January 15
Contact Information: 
4064 JFSB
Program Requirements: 

Requirements for TESOL MA Degree 

  • Credit hours (37): minimum 22 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (Ling 699R), or 6 project hours (Ling 698R for 3 hours) and 3 internship hours (Ling 688R). 
  • Required courses: Ling 610, 611, 612, 620, 631, 640, 660, 695, 698R plus 688R, or 699R
  • Elective: 9 elective hours with the possibility of selecting one of the following four specializations:
    • Teaching:  Ling 655, 670  and 671
    • Curriculum & Materials Development:  Ling 677, 678, 670 or 671
    • Program Administration:  Ling 677, 679, 670, or 671
    • Curriculum & Assessment:  Ling 677, plus faculty-directed elective, 670 or 671
  • Thesis - Ling 699R (6 hours)
  • Project - Ling 698R (3 hours), plus Ling 688R Academic Internship (3 hours)
  • Oral defense of project/thesis.

For a more detailed description of the graduate program requirements, see http://linguistics.byu.edu.

Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests


TOEFL (Total 90 on iBT -- 23 in speaking, 22 in listening, reading, and writing) or IELTS

Additional Requirements

  1. Ling 401 Introduction to Graduate Linguistics, or equivalent course. This must be completed during summer term, before starting the MA program in the fall. Students who believe they have satisfied the prerequisite with an equivalent course at another university should contact the department office at linguistics@byu.edu. We will need to know where and when you took the course, what grade you received, and a copy of the course syllabus so that we can determine its equivalency to Linguistics 401.
  2. Competency in one language other than English at the 200 level. This requirement may be fulfilled while taking program coursework, but those language credits do NOT count toward the total credits needed for the program.
    • Note:  This requirement can be completed along with regular coursework, but it does not count towards the overall 37 credit program requirement. 

In addition to the requirements listed above, non-native English speakers must complete the following:

  1. LING 501 Advanced Composition must be taken Winter Semester by all non-native English speaking students, but you will be contacted during your first semester about how this requirement may be waived during your first fall semester.
  2. Based on the results of the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) taken the first semester, non-native English speaking students may need to take ESL 301 Advanced Academic English, and/or ESL 302 Advanced English Pronunciation, and/or ESL 305 Applied Grammar.


Program Outcomes: 

Systems of Human Language

In support of their teaching knowledge and skills, students will demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the major systems of human language (phonology, morphology, lexicon, syntax, grammar, semantics, & pragmatics) and how these are integral to language learning.

Language Learning Theory

In further support of their teaching knowledge and skills, students will analyze and apply theories of second language learning and acquisition.


Students will analyze, perform, and communicate professional-levels of research associated with their sophisticated levels of teaching knowledge and skills, understanding of the systems of human language, and language learning theories.

Teaching Knowledge and Skills

Examine second language teaching strategies and procedures and apply accepted principles of effective lesson planning, materials development and language testing.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 35
International 7
Female 32
LDS 34
Non-White 12
BYU Undergraduate 19
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 306.4
GRE Quantitative Score 149.9
GRE Quantitative Percentile 41.5
GRE Verbal Score 156.5
GRE Verbal Percentile 69.0
GRE Analytical Score 4.0
GRE Analytical Percentile 55.5
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 3.0
Graduated Per Year 12.2
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 19.2
Admitted Per Year 15.8
Percent Admitted 82.29
Average GPA 3.55