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Gonzaga University — Center for Global Engagement

Program Type:
Master's International
Center for Global Engagement
Degrees Awarded:
Admissions Deadlines:


Admissions Cycle:

Four times per year (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

Program Start:
September, January, May, July
Program Founded:
July, 2008


Earn 10 credits for Peace Corps service, three credits of which are waived. Some financial aid, including merit-based awards such as graduate assistantships, are available.


This is a 36-credit joint program with Peace Corps in which students receive a foundation in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and Studies in Language & Culture and then complete the degree by doing a three-credit (tuition waived) practicum with Peace Corps while earning an additional seven credits (non-waived) based on service as a Peace Corps volunteer.

The program is designed to provide participants with the skills needed to participate in Peace Corps TEFL and TEFL teacher training programs. Students can earn four credits toward their degree in one of our TESOL Summer Institute courses, which can be taken at the Gonzaga campus as well as in Italy, Poland, Peru, Japan, or Columbia.


Competence in a language other than English. A portfolio based on work and research completed during the Peace Corps service is required. Admission requirements include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with an average cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose (see application materials), official transcripts, and an application fee. The GRE is not required.

Applicants must also meet all Peace Corps requirements. Nonnative speakers of English (who are American citizens) must have a TOEFL score of 550 (CBT 230; IBT 80) or graduate from Gonzaga University's ESL program with a faculty recommendation (3.0 GPA or higher). More information can be found at: www.gonzaga.edu/ma-tesl.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Ms. Amber McKenzie
Marketing & Grad Programs

MA/TESL Program
502 Boone Ave.
Spokane, Washington 99258-0088
(509) 313-5560
(509) 323-5814

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