Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Requirements for Admission

Applicants must comply with Murray State University's general admission requirements (see the Graduate Bulletin). Following are the additional requirements for unconditional admission to the TESOL graduate programs:

  • An undergraduate major in English or a modern foreign language, or approval by the TESOL Advisory Committee.
  • At least 12 semester hours in one modern foreign language, or demonstrated proficiency at that level (permission may be granted to complete this proficiency during the program; for non-native speakers, the second language may be English).
  • For non-native speakers of English, a TOEFL score of 20 for each section of the iBT™, an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0, or a previous degree earned from an accredited U.S. institution, or successful completion of Level 6 of the Murray State ESL program.
  • Students who have a minimum of 18 for each section of the iBT™ or an IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5, but who meet all other conditions, may be admitted conditionally by the TESOL advisory committee. Under these conditions, students will have their English language skills assessed by the director of the TESOL program immediately after they arrive on campus to determine if further classes are needed to develop English language proficiency. After assessment the students may be assigned to full-time language study in the English as a Second Language Program, or permitted to take graduate-level classes on a conditional basis along with further designated language study, or permitted to begin graduate study without further restrictions.

Non-Thesis Track Only

Total Course Requirements......................................33 hours

TSL 600 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL/EFL
TSL 605 Teaching ESL/EFL Writing
TSL 609 Foundations of Second Language Acquisition
TSL 610 Applied Linguistics and Professional Practices
TSL 615 Course and Syllabus Design in ESL/EFL
TSL 620 Computer Assisted Language Learning
TSL 623 Testing and Evaluation in Second Language Teaching
TSL 634 Language and Culture
TSL 653 Integrated ESL/EFL Skills Seminar
TSL 680 Practicum
TSL 690 Internship

Other Degree Requirements

Formal evaluations during the course of the program, to include a one-hour oral exit examination.


Dr. Latricia Trites
7C-7 Faculty Hall
Murray State University
Murray KY 42071-3341

The listed requirements provide an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the Murray State Bulletin applicable at the time of the student's enrollment.