The M.A. in Foreign Language and ESL Education allows students to design a program of study with a specific area of focus. The M.A. program provides in-depth preparation in theoretical and practical aspects of language learning and teaching.

Application Deadline

  • January 5 (Fall semester)*
  • October 1 (Spring semester)

*January 5 to be considered for departmental financial assistance. Applications accepted on a rolling basis after that date.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test – verbal and quantitative
  • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)
  • Have prior teaching experience
  • Be proficient in English and at least one other language
  • Have completed 20 semester hours in undergraduate, upper division foreign language coursework
  • Have experience living, working, and/or studying in the applicant's chosen target language culture (preferred)

Application Procedure

  1. Create an application account to begin the application process.
  2. Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password which you will use to access MyUI, our online service center for students and applicants.
  4. You will use your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload required supplemental materials.

Required Supplemental Materials

All materials must be submitted in English.

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University’s institutional code is 6681)
  • Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  • A statement of purpose explaining graduate study goals
  • Three letters of recommendation*

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.


Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services, 319/335-5260,

We look forward to receiving your application!

The University of Iowa's General Catalog contains details about the coursework and comprehensive exams for the M.A. in Foreign Language and ESL Education degree option.  Students must maintain a 3.00 grade-point average while enrolled in the program. Candidacy for the M.A. degree is reevaluated annually. 

Employment Opportunities
  • Foreign language education specialists in teaching (kindergarten through college)
  • ESL specialists in K-12 education
  • Language laboratory directors
  • Instructional materials designers
  • Evaluation specialists
Application Deadlines
  • January 5 (Fall semester)*
  • October 1 (Spring semester)

*January 5 to be considered for departmental financial assistance. Applications accepted on a rolling basis after that date.

Application questions? Contact: Sue Cline, Office of Student Services, 319-335-5260,