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.

Application Deadlines

The MAT–TESOL online program is offered once a year, with a fall start. All application items must be submitted before the final application deadline. We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2021 cohort. Learn more about admission requirements.

Fall (August) 2021

August 2021 Application Deadlines
Early Action Deadline May 28, 2021
Priority Submit Deadline1 June 18, 2021
Final Submit Deadline July 6, 2021
Classes Start August 23, 2021

1 Please note that if you have attended any institution outside of the US, it is strongly recommended that you submit all materials by the Priority Deadline. Return to footnote reference

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:

  • A 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
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (for applicants whose academic work has been in a country other than the United States, United Kingdom, Australia or English-speaking Canada)
  • Professional goals that align with the program and a commitment to the field clearly articulated in a personal statement
  • A timed writing assessment (for applicants whose academic work has been in a country other than the United States, United Kingdom, Australia or English-speaking Canada)
  • 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.

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 also have the option of submitting a 250-word-maximum essay to cover anything in your academic and/or professional history that may require extra explanation, such as a low GPA or an employment gap.

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

Provide two to three letters from supervisors, colleagues or former instructors who can speak to the contributions you’ve made in the workplace and your ability to perform in graduate-level courses.


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.

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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.

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.