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MA, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in Shanghai and NYC

Our master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), taught in Shanghai and New York City, prepares you to become an expert English teacher for children and adolescents. You’ll meet the national need for educators with master’s degrees while advancing your leadership skills in and out of the classroom.

This is a non-teaching certification degree. TESOL degrees offering initial teaching certification and dual certification with Foreign Language Education are also available.

Official Degree Title

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Non-Certification: Hybrid Option in Shanghai and New York City



Application Deadline

Summer Start:
February 1
(applications may be accepted on a rolling basis after that time if seats are still available)

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How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.

1. Prepare Your Application


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.

Statement of Purpose

Write in prose to introduce yourself to the admissions committee and share your academic and/or professional achievements and aspirations in English or foreign language teaching. Feel free to use the following questions to guide your discussion of your pertinent experiences and achievements. Be sure to provide as many details as possible as this will allow the admissions committee to come to a deeper recognition of your academic/professional preparation and aspirations.

1. What language teaching or learning experience have you had?

2. Describe a moment in your teaching or learning that didn't go well. What did you learn from it and how has it influenced your view on teaching and being a teacher?

3. What motivates you to get into the field of English or foreign language teaching?

4. What do you hope to gain from advanced graduate training in TESOL at NYU Shanghai?

5. What do you hope to contribute to the TESOL program at NYU Shanghai?

6. What do you hope to contribute to the field of language teaching and learning community?

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions on submitting letters of recommendation.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline.

If you completed or are completing a degree at an institution outside of the US or Canada, you are required to provide a WES or ECE evaluation. Please review our requirements for translation and a course-by-course evaluation of your transcripts.

See detailed instructions on submitting transcripts.


Not required.

Proficiency in English

You may be required to take a test of English proficiency. See testing requirements.


Although not required, an interview may be requested at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

2. Apply


Start your application now

After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items

If any application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials to NYU Steinhardt, Office of Graduate Admissions, 82 Washington Square East, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10003-6680.  Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, by the application deadline.

3. Receive Your Admission Decision


You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.