Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
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To find out the current tuition, contact the Controller's Office - Student Accounts. Teaching Assistantships are available through the English Language Center (ELC). The application process for an assistantship is separate from the application for admission to the M.A. program. In addition to a stipend, assistantships include a tuition waiver of 9 credits per semester. Applications for assistantships must be received by the ELC by February 1st for the following Fall semester and are available through a link on the ELC website. To be considered for an assistantship, applicants must first be accepted by the M.A. TESOL program; therefore, your application materials should be submitted to the graduate program well in advance of the February 1st deadline for the assistantship application.

Most funding for students in the M.A. TESOL program comes through assistantships teaching ESL at the ELC. To be considered for an assistantship, international students must have native or near-native ability in English. Nonnative speakers of English must submit:

  1. a minimum TOEFL score of 111 (internet-based test), with a speaking subscore of at least 27. An IELTS band score of 8 with a speaking subscore of 8 or higher will be considered in place of a TOEFL score.
  2. a SPEAK/TSE score of 60

There are no exceptions to these requirements. If an applicant meets the above requirements, he or she is not guaranteed an assistantship; however, a personal or telephone interview can then be arranged.

Because funding support is not guaranteed, applicants are encouraged to explore other sources of funding for their graduate studies. Graduate Assistantships may also be available through the Residence Education and Housing Services (Division of Student Affairs and Services).