Program Formats

Residential M.A.

For full-time graduate students

The Residential M.A. is an on campus program for completing a Master's degree in TESOL and Intercultural Studies. It can be completed in 1.5-2 years. This program requires 36 credit hours of course work involving both the theory of the field and specific practical areas. These courses are completed at the Wheaton College Graduate School and allow the student to be immersed in the Wheaton community. By completing this program as a resident of Wheaton, students have numerous opportunities for involvement in on-campus events and access to electives taught in other departments that might not be available in intensive format.


TESOL Flex - Combination Residential and Online

For those working while completing the degree, or those seeking added flexibility

TESOL Flex is a 36 credit hour program that offers the required TESOL coursework completely online, or through a combination of online and on-campus intensive courses. Full time or part time student status options. 


TESOL Flex - Fully Online

For those seeking maximum flexibility in completing the degree

TESOL Flex fully online is a 36 credit hour program that offers the required TESOL coursework completely online. Full time or part time student status options. 


Accelerated M.A.

For current undergraduates at Wheaton College

The Accelerated M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies offers Wheaton College undergraduate students the opportunity to earn the B.A of their choice and the M.A in Intercultural Studies & TESOL in five years by taking graduate credit courses during their junior and senior years. Up to eight hours of graduate credit may be taken each semester (16-hour maximum taken as an undergraduate). The student will be given a graduate advisor, but will retain the undergraduate advisor and be classified as an undergraduate until the bachelor's degree is earned. Earning a graduate degree by this method can have a financial advantage. Courses taken toward this accelerated master's degree program cannot be counted toward the student's bachelor's degree requirements. 


The M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies has teamed up with two of the largest teaching organizations to train educators around the world.

M.A. in TESOL Affiliates

Through an agreement with the English Language Institute of China (ELIC) and TeachBeyond, the M.A. in TESOL is able to provide professional TESOL training at a more affordable option.

English Language Institute of China (ELIC)

Individuals who work with ELIC and are accepted into the M.A. TESOL and Intercultural Studies degree program at Wheaton will pay approximately 2/3 of normal on-campus tuition rates through a cooperative arrangement between ELIC and Wheaton College Graduate School. Visit  ELIC and TESOL Partnership Program to learn more about the tuition benefits and professional development opportunities available for current ELIC teachers.


The M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies and the TESOL certificate, which includes endorsements in ESL and bilingual education, provide an affordable opportunity for TeachBeyond staff and international workers to access TESOL training.

Visit TeachBeyond Affiliation Agreement to explore the reduced tuition rate and course schedule for current TeachBeyond staff members.