The Master of Arts in Teaching – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages online (MAT–TESOL online) program is designed for aspiring teachers eager to become English-language teaching specialists at home or abroad.

Start Dates

The MAT–TESOL online program is offered once a year, with a fall start.


Application Deadlines

All application items must be submitted before the final application deadline. We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2023 cohort. Learn more about admission requirements.

August 2024

Early Action Deadline
May 10, 2024
Priority Submit Deadline
May 24, 2024
Final Submit Deadline
June  3, 2024

Why Apply Early

Applying before the final deadline gives you an earlier admission decision and the benefit of more time to prepare for your future, including identifying financial aid resources, scholarships and student loans.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but we encourage you to apply early. If you apply by the Early Action Deadline, you will be eligible to receive an application fee waiver. If you apply by the Priority Submit Deadline, your application fee will be reduced from $90 to $50.

Admission Requirements

We seek aspiring English-language teachers across industries whose academic background, professional goals, personal commitments and communication skills meet the demands of a rigorous graduate program.

We maintain the same high admission criteria for our online program as we do for our on-campus one, including:

  • bachelor’s degree or its recognized equivalent from a regionally accredited institution
  • The ability to communicate effectively (both written and verbal) as demonstrated by academic performance and/or professional experience
  • Professional goals that align with the program and a commitment to the field clearly articulated in a personal statement
  • Two video responses
  • There is no minimum GPA required to apply to USC Rossier programs, but competitive applicants typically have a GPA of 3.0 or above. GPA is one of many elements evaluated in the admission committee’s comprehensive evaluation of candidates. We use a holistic review process whereby academic preparation, professional work experience, personal achievement and commitment to the USC Rossier mission are each considered. No single attribute or characteristic guarantees admission to USC Rossier.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

USC Rossier welcomes international applicants. If your prior study was completed outside of the United States, you must have earned the equivalent of a United States bachelor’s degree to be eligible for admission. View the international application requirements based on your country of study

International students whose native language is not English and who have completed their undergraduate work outside of the United States are required to demonstrate proficiency in English as part of the application process. USC does not waive the English proficiency requirement for graduate degree(s) earned in the United States or other qualifying countries; requirements are based on the completion of undergraduate studies. For more information on English proficiency requirements, English-language test waivers and other alternate accepted exams, please visit the USC Graduate Admission English-Language Proficiency page.

Note: if you have attended any institution outside of the United States, it is strongly recommended that you submit all materials by the priority deadline.

Application Components

All items must be completed and submitted before the final deadline, including transcripts and letters of recommendation.

Online Application

The online application includes questions about your personal, academic and professional background.

Personal Essays

The personal statement covers your experience and professional goals, so that the Admission Committee can gain deeper insight into why you’re pursuing the MAT–TESOL online.

You may also submit a 250-word-maximum optional essay to aid the admission committee in evaluating your application. Use this essay to discuss anything in your academic and/or professional history that may require additional explanation.

Employment Information

You will be asked to provide information about past employment and upload your most current resume or curriculum vitae (CV).

Letters of Recommendation

USC Rossier requires two letters of recommendation to complete the application. Letters should come from supervisors and/or former instructors or faculty who can comment on significant contributions you have made in your workplace, your leadership skills as well as your commitment to life-long learning and your ability to perform well in master’s-level coursework.

  • Recommendation letters must be typed on official letterhead from the organization with a signature. If the recommender is not able to obtain company letterhead, this must be noted somewhere in the letter.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure all recommendation letters are submitted in the proper format prior to the appropriate deadline. Letters uploaded in the incorrect format without explanation are subject to further review.
  • Recommendations letters should be submitted by recommenders by the application deadline, but they are not required to be submitted at the time you submit your application.

Please note: recommendation letters are program-specific and cannot be used to apply to additional programs.

Video Response

The recorded video response is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your communication skills in professional settings. No advance preparation is required for this assessment. You are allowed to take the assessment one time only. For technical assistance with the video response, email


Many schools issue transcripts electronically. If this option is available to you, please specify that your encrypted transcript(s) be sent to This will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application.

Sealed, official academic transcripts must be sent directly from all postsecondary institutions you attended, including community colleges, to:

University of Southern California (USC)
Application Processing Center
USC Rossier
PO Box 30096 024-003
College Station, TX 77842

Please note: To be considered an official transcript, the transcript must be sent directly from your institution(s) or through an electronic transcript vendor retained by that institution. Transcripts submitted by enrolled or prospective students are considered unofficial documents, even if they are in a sealed envelope provided to you by the issuing university.

Any academic or professional certificates or certifications earned at a regionally accredited institution may also require official sealed transcripts.

Application Fee

The USC application fee is $90. However, this fee can be waived or reduced when you apply early.

Optional Credential Track

The MAT–TESOL program credential track is optional, and you can apply to it after you enroll. As a student on the MAT-TESOL credential track, you will complete your coursework in the program in conjunction with preparation for a California preliminary single subject teaching credential in World Languages.

In order to be recommended for a preliminary teaching credential, you are required to satisfy a series of basic skills and subject matter requirements established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Prepare a Successful Application

Download our MAT-TESOL online application checklist for more information.

International Students

Candidates from around the world are encouraged to apply. More than 20 countries are represented in USC Rossier MAT–TESOL online graduate programs, with many students coming from India, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and Thailand. United States expats can also complete their degree with USC Rossier while they live abroad.

We understand the unique needs and concerns of our international applicants. We offer our international applicants and students the same exceptional support available to our United States-based students, including field placement support. Admission Counselors are based in the United States and all classes are based in Pacific Standard Time.

Application Requirements for International Students

  • In addition to the application requirements above, all international applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution, but prior coursework in education is not required. For specific requirements by country, refer to our country-by-country listing of grade and/or degree requirements.
  • If your native language is not English and you do not have a bachelor’s degree from a United States college or university, you will be required to submit a valid score for the Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) test or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test.
  • Students must provide English-language translations of all transcripts and credentials as needed. Credential evaluations from external agencies are not accepted.
  • You may need to complete an oral interview to assess your ability to understand course materials and collaborate with classmates and faculty. Oral interviews may be arranged in person, by telephone or through video conferencing.
  • Note regarding international students. To complete teaching credential requirements, you must obtain a Social Security number (SSN) from the U.S. Social Security AdministrationContact the Office of International Services for assistance (see

Confidentiality and Document Submission Policy

Transcripts and all other materials submitted for admission consideration become the property of USC. The university does not return or duplicate materials for any reason whatsoever. The information and materials in your submitted application are made available only to the central Office of Admission and the admission committee of the academic department or professional school to which you have applied.

Virtual Tours

USC Rossier offers virtual tours of the online classroom experience. To schedule one or to learn more about other virtual engagement opportunities, please contact an an Admissions Counselor at 1-888-628-1872.