Twin Cities Campus
English as a Second Language M.A.
Writing Studies Department
College of Liberal Arts
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Department of Writing Studies, 214 NCCE 0093A, 315 Pillsbury Drive S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-4802; fax: 612-624-4579)
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Note: Admission to the M.A. program in English as a Second Language (ESL) has been suspended and the program is in the process of being discontinued.
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.20.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Plan A: Plan A requires 23 major credits, 6 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 23 major credits and 9 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:The Plan B project is a paper of publishable quality based on ESL master's coursework, coursework in another program, or personal interest. Two Plan B papers are required; one may be a Teaching Portfolio, prepared according to specific program guidelines.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Language Requirement: Proficiency in one language not native to student.
A minimum GPA of 3.20 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
The M.A. program in ESL typically takes two years to complete. Plan A requires a thesis demonstrating original work in areas related to the field, familiarity with research methodology, and knowledge of the effective presentation of investigative study results. Plan B requires two qualifying papers, usually consisting of course papers that have been revised under the supervision of a faculty member. Plan A and Plan B students must complete 23 credits in required coursework (SLS 5401, 5402, 5721, 5722, 5724, 5805) and 6 credits of elective coursework in related fields. Plan A students must complete an additional 10 thesis credits for a total of 39 credits and Plan B students must complete an additional 3 credits in elective coursework for a total of 32 credits. Elective and related field courses must be chosen with the help of an adviser to ensure the relevance of courses to students' goals.