Please review the admissions requirements for our Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program, including advanced entry opportunities, before starting your application.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (Required)

Language Proficiency (Required Only for Non-Native English Speakers)

Standardized Test Scores (Recommended)

Advanced Entry Opportunities

Bachelor's Degree

You must have a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university to apply for our TESOL program. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact your Enrollment Manager.

Language Proficiency

There is no language requirement for native English speaking applicants to the Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) program. Non-native English speaking applicants must meet the proficiency requirements listed below.

Non-Native English Speakers

We recognize that many of our international students come to the Monterey Institute with sophisticated language backgrounds. Terms like "native-speaker," "fluent," or "bilingual" often do not accurately reflect the rich backgrounds of our students.

If you did not receive your high school and/or college education in English, your Language of Study will be English. You will be asked to demonstrate English proficiency as part of the admission process.

TOEFL or IELTS Scores

You must provide evidence of English proficiency from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examinations. Scores are valid if you've taken the exam within the last two years.

Minimum TOEFL Scores Minimum IELTS Scores

Internet-based test: 100 overall

  • 25 reading
  • 25 listening
  • 23 speaking
  • 27 writing
  • 7.5 Overall

(No Sub-score below 7.5)

TOEFL or IELTS Waiver

If you have completed your entire high school and undergraduate program in U.S., you are eligible for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver and are not required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS scores. These scores may also be waived on a case by case basis, if you have completed extensive academic work in English. Contact us to learn more >>

Standardized Test Scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

GRE scores are not required. However, if you've taken the GRE, we encourage you to submit your scores because they may positively influence merit scholarship awards. If you have an undergraduate GPA below 3.0, we strongly encourage you to submit GRE scores for admission consideration. Please use our four-digit institution code [4507] to send us your scores.

Advanced Entry Opportunities

Advanced Entry TESOL Program

An accelerated 30-unit advanced entry TESOL degree may be completed in only three semesters. To qualify for advanced entry, you must:

  • Meet all admissions requirements for the four-semester TESOL (37 units) master's degree program
  • Provide transcripts showing that you’ve successfully completed comparable courses in applied linguistics or language teacher education, within the past five years with a grade of B (3.0) or higher
  • Submit syllabi from your previous coursework to determine equivalency to our courses

Transfer Credits

You may also transfer up to 25% of total degree program credits from an accredited college or university where you have earned a B or higher in the course. To quality, these courses:

  • Must have been completed in the past five years
  • Cannot have been used to satisfy requirements for a previously awarded degree
  • Must be equivalent to courses offered in our MA TESOL program at MIIS

You must also submit syllabi from your previous coursework to determine equivalency to our courses.

Course Waivers

We may waive up to 25 % of the degree program credits from an accredited college or university where you have earned a B or higher in the course. To quality, these courses:

  • Must have been completed in the past five years
  • Must be equivalent to courses offered in our MA TESOL program at MIIS 

You must also submit syllabi from your previous coursework to determine equivalency to our courses. Waived courses will be replaced with the equivalent number of elective credits in our MA TESOL program.