Please review the admissions requirements for our Teaching Foreign Language (TFL) program, including advanced entry opportunities, before starting your application.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (Required)

Language Proficiency (Required)

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 program. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact your Enrollment Manager.

Language Proficiency

Native English Speakers

Language Interview and Writing Sample

To apply for our Teaching Foreign Language program, you must demonstrate high proficiency in your language of instruction. If your language of instruction is not your native language, a writing sample and comprehensive telephone interview will help us assess your proficiency level. The writing sample should be a 2-3 page document on any topic in your language of instruction. Our language faculty will contact you by phone or email to arrange the interview.

Language Placement Test

Before your first semester begins, you must pass a placement test (if the language of instruction is one that is offered) that indicates you are ready to begin your studies at the appropriate level.

Summer Language Scholarships

If you are a newly-admitted student, the Yu/Deppman and Ramaswamy Scholarships for Summer Language Study will offer you the opportunity to attend the summer language programs and to enhance your language skills before your degree program at MIIS begins. Languages include: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

Non-Native English Speakers

If your language of instruction is not your native language, you must also demonstrate high proficiency in your language of instruction. A writing sample and comprehensive telephone interview will help us assess your proficiency level. The writing sample should be a 2-3 page document on any topic in your language of instruction. Our language faculty will contact you by phone or email to arrange the interview.

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 Teaching Foreign Language degree may be completed in only three semesters. To qualify for advanced entry, you must:

  • Meet all admissions requirements for the four-semester Teaching Foreign Language (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 in Teaching Foreign Language 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 Teaching Foreign Language 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 in Teaching Foreign Language program.