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For native speakers of English

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or its foreign equivalent as evaluated by World Education Services.
  • Experience in learning a second language and culture (e.g., college level course work, studies abroad, Peace Corps service, and/or other appropriate experiences).
  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (GPA of 2.75 for a conditional admission).
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with a candidate’s academic and/or teaching abilities.
  • An interview with the Director of the MATESOL program to discuss a candidate’s relevant past experiences and future professional goals.


For non-native speakers of English

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or its foreign equivalent as evaluated by World Education Services.
  • TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based) 213 (computer-based) with a Test of Writen English score of 5, or 79-80 (Internet based) Those candidates who do not meet the proficiency test criteria, but otherwise show potential, may be admitted conditionally to the program while they improve their English proficiency.

    Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be required to take an English placement test administered by Madonna University. Based on the test result, students may be considered for conditional admission and be required to take English language classes.

    This requirement is waived for applicants from countries where English is the native language or who have graduated from an American university
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with a candidate’s academic and/or teaching abilities.
  • An interview with the Director of the MATESOL program to discuss a candidate’s relevant past experiences and future professional goals. Those foreign candidates who are unable to attend an interview are required to send a resume and a statement of purpose describing their relevant past experiences and future professional goals.


Upon arrival on campus, all non-native speakers of English will take Madonna University’s English Placement Test. As a result, some students may be required to take one or more ESL courses prior to or simultaneously with the content courses.


Transfer Students
Students may transfer up to 6 semester hours of credit, with departmental approval.



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