Next program start date: September 2, 2020

Application Deadlines

Deadline Notification by
Round 2 January 15, 2020 February 28, 2020
Round 3 March 15, 2020 April 10, 2020
Round 4 April 15, 2020 Every two weeks

Application Requirements

To gain admission into the World Masters in Language Teaching Program, a dual degree program with University of Southern California, you must be successfully admitted into BOTH degree programs. The applications will be reviewed by both USC Rossier and SHSS

A complete application for the dual degree program must include all of the following:

  • Online application
  • Online video interview (via the application to USC Rossier’s program)
  • College or university issued official transcripts
  • Résumé/CV
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Non-permanent residents of Hong Kong: Passport and financial documents for student visa
  • Non-native English speakers: TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Chinese (TCSL) concentration applicants:
    • Non-native Chinese speakers: Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK by Hanban or the “New HSK”)
    • Native Chinese speakers: National Putonghua Proficiency Test (PSC)

Admissions Criteria


HKUST MAILE Specific Requirements

Applicants should have obtained a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field from a recognized university or equivalent.

English requirements for applicants whose first language is not English and whose degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was not English are as follows:

  • for Chinese (TCSL) Concentration applicants: IELTS ≥ 6.5 (all sub-scores ≥ 5.5), or TOEFL iBT ≥ 85 (Writing ≥ 20/30)
  • for English (TESL) Concentration applicants: IELTS ≥ 7.0 (Writing ≥ 7.0, and other sub-scores ≥ 5.5), or TOEFL iBT ≥ 100 (Writing ≥ 27/30)

Applicants to the TCSL concentration whose first language is not Chinese and whose degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was not Chinese are required to fulfill the Chinese requirement of Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK by Hanban or the “New HSK”) level 5 or above. Applicants whose first language is Chinese or whose degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was Chinese, must demonstrate their Chinese proficiency by obtaining the National Putonghua Proficiency Test (PSC) Grade 2B or above.


USC MAT – TESOL Specific Requirements

If your native language is not English and you completed any of your undergraduate work outside the U.S., you will be required to submit an official TOEFL iBT or IELTS score as part of your application. You must have taken the test within the past two years. In order to be a competitive applicant, you must receive a score at or above 100 iBT.


Academic Background

The USC Rossier admissions team seeks candidates whose prior academic work demonstrates the capability to succeed in a rigorous graduate program. To apply, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. If your prior academic study was completed outside the United States, you must have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Please visit the USC Office of Graduate Admissions site to review country-specific requirements for documents/transcripts and English language proficiency.

While there are no set prerequisite courses or majors, competitive applicants generally have an academic background related to the field of language education.


Work Experience

Applicants must have some work or volunteer experience relevant to teaching, language education or cross-cultural exchange. We prefer that you have at least one or more years of work experience and/or a record of involvement and leadership.


International Experience

Competitive applicants will have exposure to various cultures and countries via work or study abroad experiences.

Application Instructions

HKUST – Apply Now

USC – Apply Now

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