SIT Graduate Institute, Master of Arts in TESOL

Why you should consider this program

Drawing on more than 50 years of visionary experiential learning, this award-winning in-person and online master’s degree is recognized by the US State Department as one of the top TESOL programs in the nation. Through brief yet intensive summer residencies and immersive online coursework, attain professional expertise teaching English to speakers of other languages to rapidly advance your career and change the landscape of language education.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 45,445 $ 15,905 $ 29,540
Out of state $ 45,445 $ 15,905 $ 29,540
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

As part of our standard partnership, SIT offers Coverdell Fellows a financial benefit of 35 percent off tuition for any of our part-time hybrid programs.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

SIT will waive the $50 application fee for all Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 10,040

Application fee waived?



As part of their SIT graduate program, fellows must complete a practicum of 150 to 300 hours in a high-need American community (as defined by SIT). The practicum must relate to the student’s coursework and career goals and be for a minimum of six weeks. Practicums may be paid professional positions or unpaid internships.

Jobs for program alumni

Through the social, academic, and professional network SIT provides, students have an easy and dynamic way to connect with like-minded individuals and learn about potential employers worldwide. Our alumni work at the government, nonprofit, and grassroots levels in the US and abroad. Students who have graduated with this degree work in careers such as the following, among others:

  • US Department of State English Language Fellow
  • Teacher trainer
  • US Department of State English language officer
  • Language school founder and developer
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher
  • English, ESL, linguistics curriculum developer
  • Education consultant
  • Applied linguist
  • University faculty, teacher education program

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Other details

Program length

2 years total; 34 credits

Application requirements

SIT does not require the GRE. All students must hold a U.S. bachelor’s degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability. Application requirements include:

  • A completed online application
  • Essays
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Three references

Admissions process

  • Complete SIT's regular online application process
  • Provide an additional statement of interest in becoming a Peace Corps Fellow (details provided by SIT's admissions team during the application process)

Program begins

Orientation begins late May, leading into classes early June. Exact dates provided on the program page.

Non-traditional options

Fellowships are awarded to RPCVs enrolling in one of the following part-time degree programs:

  • MA in Humanitarian Assistance & Crisis Management
  • MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, & Management
  • MA in International Education
  • MA in Sustainable Development Practice
  • MA in TESOL

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Mary Kay Sigda, Senior Admissions Officer

1 Kipling Road
Brattleboro, VT 05302