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Frequently asked questions

Program Questions

Do you offer a PhD in the Language Teaching Specialization Program?

No. Applicants interested in the Department’s PhD programs should go to the main department website: linguistics.uoregon.edu The Language Teaching Specialization Program is a terminal Master’s program, and is more applied than theoretical. Some of our graduates do go on to successfully apply to PhD programs, but the LTS program itself is not designed to prepare students for PhD level research. Most of our students plan to work in the field of language teaching after graduation; few plan to go on to PhD programs and/or do research in linguistics.

Does the LTS program have a thesis requirement?

Instead of a research thesis, our students produce a Master’s Project (typically 80-100 pages in length). This project requires both library research and primary needs analysis data to support the creation of substantial language teaching or learning materials for a specific purpose or context.

Application and criteria questions

Do I need a Linguistics background to apply to the program?

No. You are not required to have a linguistics background to enter our program, although it is very helpful if you do. The coursework taken in the first Summer term provides the linguistics background needed for the rest of the courses in the program.

When does the program start?  Can I apply at any time?

The majority of students begin the program in the Summer and progress through the program as a cohort. The LTS program is most efficiently completed within five consecutive terms over fifteen months, beginning in the first Summer term and continuing through the subsequent Summer term. Applications each year are due by February 15 (see the ‘Apply’ tab for more details). Students who wish to begin the program in Fall term or complete the program over a longer period of time need to consult with the LTS Director.

I am a graduate of the Hanyang-Oregon Joint TESOL Program or Hanyang University TESOL certificate program.  Are the admission requirements the same for me?

If you successfully completed the Hanyang-Oregon Joint TESOL Program before December 2012, it is possible for you to be admitted to LTS under separate admission requirements. You would be able to transfer up to 15 credits into the LTS program and begin at UO in the Fall term.

If you completed a TESOL certificate at Hanyang after December 2012, it is possible for you to be admitted under slightly different requirements (two letters of recommendation instead of three; GRE waived) and be able to transfer up to eight elective credits into our program. Admitted students in this situation would need to either join the program in Summer term to graduate in 15 months (5 terms), or stay for 21 months (7 terms) if starting in Fall term. Please contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator, Linda Campbell, for more information.

Is a GRE required?

Yes, but there is no minimum score requirement for the LTS program.

What are your TOEFL requirements?

 Minimum score requirements are 575 on the paper-based TOEFL, 233 on the computer-based TOEFL and 88 on the Internet-based TOEFL. The TOEFL code for the University of Oregon is 4846.

Do you accept the IELTS?

Yes.  The required score is 7.0

If I do not meet the department requirements, can I be admitted conditionally?

The Graduate School does not do conditional admits. In rare cases the department can petition the Graduate School to admit an applicant with scores that do not meet the minimum, in which case additional English classes are required. You should expect to meet all requirements to be considered for admission.

Do I need to send transcripts to the Department of Linguistics?

No. You only need to have official transcripts from those universities where you received a degree sent to The Office of Admissions.

What is an official transcript?

Official copies are issued directly by the school, college, or university in a sealed envelope. They should bear the official stamp or seal of the institution as well as the signature of the appropriate official. If transcripts and certificates are not in English, provide a certified translation of the documents.

What should I do if I haven’t yet completed my degree?

If you have not yet finished the degree at the time of application, send the most up-to-date transcripts available. If you are accepted and enroll at the University of Oregon as a graduate student, you will be required to show proof of your degree within the first two weeks of your first term.

Have you received all my documents?

Applicants can track the progress of their admission material by accessing the University’s online application. When applying, make note of your login credentials (user name and password) for future reference.

I’ve sent in all my documents. When will I know if I’ve been accepted?

It usually takes four to six weeks after the closing date. You will be notified of the Admissions Committee’s decision by email and letter.

What happens if all my documents don’t arrive by the deadline?  Will I still be considered?

Applications that are complete after the closing date are reviewed on a rolling basis until spaces in the program are filled or if a space opens up.

Costs and funding questions

What is the tuition for the LTS program?

Tuition is set by the University of Oregon and may change from year to year. The most direct way to calculate costs is on the Registrar’s page here.

However, the following is a tuition estimate for the entire 5-term intensive program (12 credits in the first Summer term, 39 credits Fall-Spring, and 9 credits in the second Summer term), based on Summer and Fall 2015 information:

Resident Graduate Student: $23,268

Non-Resident Graduate Student: $35,647

Do you offer funding for incoming LTS students?

Please refer to our ‘Funding’ webpage: http://lts.uoregon.edu/program/funding

Start date questions

When does the program start?  Can I apply at any time?

The majority of students begin the program in the Summer and progress through the program as a cohort. The LTS program is most efficiently completed within five consecutive terms over fifteen months, beginning in the first Summer term and continuing through the subsequent Summer term. Applications each year are due by February 15 (see the ‘Apply’ tab for more details). Students who wish to begin the program in Fall term or complete the program over a longer period of time need to consult with the LTS Director.

See the UO Academic Calendar for exact start dates for each term in each year. Summer term usually starts in the 3rd week of June, while Fall term starts in the 4th week of September.