Application Procedure


The MA in Linguistics (TESOL) has been cancelled. We can no longer accept new students.

The Minor and our Languages continue.


All applicants are required to submit all application materials electronically. Hard copies will not be accepted.

For more information about the document upload process, visit the Admissions website. You can also view the official degree requirements for the Master of Arts in Linguistics.

The Office of Graduate Admissions has the following deadlines (for applicants to complete online application and pay application fee):

May 15                      Domestic applicants
February 15             International applicants

Missed the deadline? You can still enroll in the program!  See non-degree options

Applicants need to submit the following materials first:

1).        Application for admission
2).        Pay application fee of US $60.00 (Non-refundable)

After ONE week, the system will provide uploading options and the following should be submitted online as it becomes available to applicant:
  • Copies of transcripts (for all educational institutions attended)
  • Translation of transcripts (international applicants only)
  • Bank statement and Statement of Finances form (international applicants only)
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE results (international applicants only)  must be sent directly from testing institution to the Office of Graduate Admissions – UIC code 1851
  • Personal statement

Domestic applicants -  statement of 250 words addressing your reasons for wishing to do graduate work in the APPLIED LINGUISTICS / TESOL program and the relationship of this work to your goals, professional and otherwise.

International applicants (or applicants who are not native speakers of English) - a four to five page summary of their educational experience, emphasizing work in English and other literatures and languages and concluding with a statement of reasons for wanting to do graduate work in the United States.

  • CV (curriculum vitae) or Resume

Please include contact information, as well as, any relevant test scores such as GRE (not required by program), TOEFL or IELTS results (international applicants only)

  • Three Letters of recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required from professors or employers who are familiar with your recent work.  The applicant will be able to send each a link to upload document

Financial Assistance 

The program offers a limited amount of financial aid in the form of tuition and service fee waivers. but does not offer any teaching or research assistantships.  On occasion, our students find assistantships in other programs.  We do our best to connect applicants to appropriate sources of support.

Please note:  applications that remain inactive for 2 months or stay incomplete after the appropriate deadlines will be cancelled by the Office of Graduate Admissions.