Prospective Students

  • Are currently engaged in teaching, or have access to classes in which to observe and practice
  • Identify themselves as evangelical Christians
  • Are prepared to allocate approximately 10 hours a week for study per 3-unit course
  • Have good internet access
  • Priority for admission will be given to students with at least one year of experience teaching English as a second or foreign language


Program Requirements

The TESOL graduate programs require 3 credits of foundational work in Bible and theology. Those who enter without it will take it as part of their degree.

The M.A. TESOL program consists of 33 graduate credits beyond the foundational credits. These graduate credits include 24 credits of core courses, 3 credits of electives in Bible or theology, and 6 credits of electives in TESOL. A portfolio is required as a culminating experience for the degree. For a list of the various courses, see the curriculum section.

The M.A. program requirements may be reduced for students who have taken courses equivalent of the foundation courses as listed below, but the minimum number of graduate credits required is 33, of which 24 must be taken through Biola.

Students may take the foundational courses concurrently with the core courses.


Admission Requirements

Applicants to the M.A. in TESOL program must meet the qualifications specified in the Admission to the School of Intercultural Studies section, including a profession of Christian faith. In addition to these, foreign applicants who are non-native English speakers must demonstrate both spoken and written proficiency in English through an oral interview and by submitting their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) results. The TOEFL must have been taken within the past five years. A TOEFL score of 600 PBT / 250 CBT /100 iBT is normally required. The essay score should be at least 5.5. Alternatively, an IELTS score of 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element) is required. Non-native speakers are also expected to demonstrate oral English proficiency by means of an interview with a faculty member.

Because teachers and applied linguists are expected to have a high degree of competence in written English, all new graduate students, both native and non-native English speakers, are required to take the department’s Writing Proficiency Exam. If the results of the exam indicate that additional work in written grammar and composition is needed to enable a student to perform at the level expected for this field, he or she will be expected to do independent supplementary work on writing.

Students normally begin their program in the fall. However, it is possible for transfer students to start their program in the spring. Feel free to contact the department chair for details.


Graduation Requirements

All students must successfully complete all required TESOL coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to qualify for graduation. No TESOL course with a grade less than a B (3.0) will be counted for the M.A.


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