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Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University
Applied Linguistics
Applied Linguistics
in the Department of Arts & Humanities
in the Department of Arts & Humanities

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Arts & Humanities

Teachers College, Columbia University

Welcome to the Applied Linguistics Program

Admission Information ◊ Special Application Requirements/Information

All non-native speakers of English, including those who have an undergraduate degree from a university in the United States, must submit one of the following:

  • A total minimum score of 102 on the TOEFL IBT exam. Also a minimum score of 26 on the speaking and writing sections and a minimum of 25 on the reading and listening sections; or
  • A minimum score of 600 on the paper/ pencil TOEFL or a minimum score of 250 on the TOEFL CBT. Also a minimum score of a 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and a minimum score of 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE); or
  • A score of B or better on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CEP);
  • A score of 7.0 or better on the Cambridge International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  

Students are expected to write and speak in a way that is appropriate to their professional responsibilities. Students having difficulty in achieving these standards will be required to take additional coursework. All non-native speakers of English, including those who have an undergraduate degree from an English-medium university, must submit language proficiency scores. Expired scores will not be accepted.

Ed.M./Ed.D. applicants must have an M.A. in Applied Linguistics, TESOL, or related field; a writing sample is also required.

Ed.M. applicants may request to transfer up to 30 points into the Applied Linguistics Program from previous graduate study at an accredited institution. Applicants who have already earned an M.A. from Teachers College may request to transfer a maximum of 15 points in related areas from an outside institution. Ed.D. students may request to transfer up to 45 points from previous graduate study at an accredited institution. All transfer of points must be relevant to the degree program enrolled in and must meet the approval of a faculty advisor.