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Master’s International Program

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the Master's International Program are the same requirements as the TESOL Master's Program.

University requirements for admission include a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; 3.0 GPA in last 60 hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate work; and for international students whose first language is not English, a TOEFL score of 600 (or 100 on the internet based test), a minimum score of 68 on the Pearson Test of English, or a minimum IELTS score of 7.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants to the master’s program need to have a grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the undergraduate major, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, and two letters of academic reference are required. It is strongly recommended that native speakers of English have some background in at least one other language.

Part-time as well as full-time students are welcome in the program. No previous training in linguistics or teaching experience is required for admission.

Note: Peace Corps can only accept American citizens. Participants must meet all other Peace Corps requirements prior to beginning Volunteer service.

When applying to the MIP, applicants need to mark 'MIP' on the TESOL Master's Program application.


Common MIP Admissions Questions

How does the MIP work?
Certain volunteer assignments are classified by the Peace Corps as "Scarce Skills Assignments." This means that regularly, Peace Corps gets more requests from host countries for these skills than Peace Corps can provide. The MIP was therefore designed to yoke graduate education in these skills with Peace Corps service. Some other Peace Corps assignments in the MIP are forestry, nursing, and fisheries.

An MIP applicant applies to the college program and Peace Corps at the same time. The applicant then carries out the bulk of her/his coursework in the graduate program and then completes the degree program through credits earned based on Peace Corps service. This works out well because the Peace Corps application process is quite extensive, usually taking six to nine months.

If you do the AU TESOL Master's International Program, your degree will be AU's MA in TESOL degree. To get there, the candidate does most of her/his coursework at AU and then begins Peace Corps TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) service. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, the MIP candidate corresponds regularly with the TESOL Program Coordinator and at the end of her/his service, does a comprehensive final report on the course work. This results in earning six credits of International Internship experience. Then, since the volunteer has been doing significant teaching for two years or more with Peace Corps, s/he is waived from the three credit TESOL Practicum course.

What if Peace Corps turns down my application?
From time to time this happens, usually for medical reasons. If this should occur, the candidate can continue as a regular MA in TESOL candidate. However, the nine credits of course work which the candidate would now take in lieu of the credits earned for Peace Corps experience must be paid for.

What is the "reverse" MIP?
For Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who have already served as TEFL teachers, they can join the MIP program "in reverse"; that is, by submitting the required reports on their Peace Corps TEFL experience, they can earn, at no cost, six credits of international internship course work and be waived from taking the 3 credit TESOL Practicum.

Can I be considered for merit awards under the Master's International Program?
Yes, MIP candidates may be considered for all merit awards for which they are eligible.

For more information on Peace Corps email (DC, MD, NC, WV, VA, DE), call 1-800-424-8580, or visit the Peace Corps Master's International Webpage.


Apply online or visit the Graduate Admissions website for additional information.

Application Deadline

The College of Arts and Sciences uses a rolling admissions process, though to be considered for a merit award applications must be received by February 1.

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