Writing Programs

Graduate Study

English as a Second Language Requirement

All entering graduate students whose native language is not English and who have not otherwise satisfied the English as a Second Language (ESL) requirement may be required to take one or more ESL courses. Students are placed into the courses based on the UCLA English as a Second Language Placement Examination (ESLPE) and may be held for up to two ESL courses (300, 301).

The following students are exempt from the ESL requirement: (1) students who hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from a university in which English is the medium of instruction and (2) students with a score of 100 or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) or at least a 7.5 overall band score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination. See International applicants in the Graduate Study chapter.

Graduate Degree

Writing Programs offers a Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy.