Admission to the MATESL program is selective and is determined on a case-by-case basis. Admission requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above in relevant fields (e.g. in social sciences, humanities, and education, but especially English and foreign languages). International applicants whose native language is not English need a total TOEFL score of at least 79 ibt, or an IELTS 7, or CESL endorsement. Please note that most successful applicants have a TOEFL score of 95 ibt or above. 

For normal applicants, the deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 15. Early applications will be given precedence in funding. Late applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis--please contact the EAL program director directly if you wish to be considered for Fall admission during the late spring/summer.

To apply:

  • Complete the online UA Graduate School application. The online Graduate School application will lead you to the online MATESL program application. 
  • Please complete the online MATESL application, and when prompted, please upload, in pdf or doc form:
    • Curriculum Vita (resumé) or equivalent
    • Scans of unofficial or official transcripts from each academic institution attended. You will have to send official transcripts, after you are admitted, directly to the Graduate College:   

      Graduate College
      The University of Arizona
      Administration 322
      PO Box 210066
      Tucson, AZ 85721-0066

    • A two- to three-page statement of purpose. This statement should describe your teaching, leadership, and cross-cultural experiences as well as your career and/or academic goals. 
    • The email addresses of two or three referrers for letters of reference, which should be professors who can speak to your abilities to do graduate coursework, and/or employers who can speak to your abilities or potential as an ESL/EFL teacher. The UA Graduate School will then send them emails asking them to upload the letters. Be sure to contact each referrer beforehand and ask him/her to address to the best of their knowledge, in the letter, your:
      • cross-cultural knowledge and sensitivity,
      • teaching performance or potential,
      • academic performance and potential, and
      • leadership activities and potential.
    • If you are an international student whose first language (or one of your first languages) is not English, please self-report TOEFL scores. The scores should also be submitted officially to the Grad College.
    • A six- to ten-page writing sample on an academic topic. We use this to evaluate your writing ability, not your knowledge of any particular field. 
    • If you are interested in funding, you may self-report  your GRE scores, however you must send in your official scores via ETS. GRE scores are not required of applicants not interested in funding.
  • For applicants interested in funding, have GRE scores sent directly to the UA Graduate College. The university code is 4832 and the department code is 2599. GRE scores are not required of applicants not interested in funding.
  • If you are interested in funding, send Program Director Dr. Jonathon Reinhardt an email with your request (
  • For international students, have TOEFL or IELTS scores sent directly to the UA Graduate College. The university code is 4832, and the department code is 2501. TOEFL scores are not required of international applicants who consider themselves native speakers of English.
  • Students requesting non-immigrant visas (I-20 or DS-2019) must certify that they possess adequate financial resources to support themselves while in residence at The University of Arizona. If students will have members of their families (i.e.- spouse or child/ren) accompany them to the United States additional funding will be required. Financial guarantee documents must be dated within six months of the term of admission and must be addressed to The University of Arizona.

Program Address: 

MATESL Program
University of Arizona
Department of English
1423 E. University Blvd.
Modern Languages Building Rm. 445
Tucson, AZ  85721-0067   U.S.A.


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