• Master's in ESL Admission Requirements

    To apply for admission to the Master of Arts in English as a Second Language program, please submit the following:

    • Online application (no fee for U.S. residents).
    • Official transcript of bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university. This should be sent directly from the institution to Graduate Admission or provided in a sealed, signed envelope. You do not have to provide transcripts for courses taken at Hamline University.
      Provisional Admission: If you have a GPA of 2.5-2.9, you may be considered for provisional admission. Please provide a one-two page written reflection indicating your plans for meeting the Hamline GPA requirements if admitted to the program. Applicants who have successfully completed a master's degree (GPA >3.0) are exempt from the provisional review process.
    • Academic paper dealing with a second-language issue that demonstrates your ability to synthesize information from several sources or apply information from academic research to your teaching or personal experience.
    • Two letters of recommendation written by people unrelated to you, who are familiar with your academic and/or professional history and who can accurately assess your potential for successful graduate study. Letters must be sent directly to Graduate Admission by the person writing the recommendations.
    • Non-native speakers of English must also submit evidence of passing scores on the Praxis or MTLE test (Minnesota standards), a bachelor’s degree from an English-language university, a TOEFL score of 107 for internet-based, 253 for computer-based, or 625 for paper based, or a score of 7.5-8.0 on the IELTS.

    Transfer of Credits

    No more than 16 graduate credits may be transferred from another institution into the MAESL; transfer credits will be evaluated and approved on a case-by-case basis.

    International Applicants

    All international applicants must pay a $100 application fee. The application fee is accepted in the form of a bank draft (payable to Hamline University).

    Apply Online

    Send remaining materials to:
    Office of Graduate Admission
    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue, MS-A1710
    Saint Paul, MN 55104