Master of Arts in Global Studies – TESL Explore and Educate


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100% online,* 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Do you love learning about other cultures? One great way to travel the world and engage with other cultures and people is to teach English as a second language. If you’d like to learn more about what makes various countries unique and what links them together, then Liberty’s Master of Arts (MA) in Global Studies – Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) is a great way to gain the skills you need to live and work in multicultural contexts.

In this program, you can look at the distinctive aspects of various cultures while going beyond the regional differences and seeing how we all fit together globally. This program blends courses from a master’s in English as a second language with courses from an online global studies degree – giving you the tools you need to communicate with people across borders, regions, and cultures. By teaching English as a second language, you can forge friendships and relationships all over the world.

Our online master’s in global studies degree has been designed to take advantage of the skills and abilities that you bring with you and build upon them. In addition, you can test the new skills you gain through a TESL-related internship. Our faculty have years of experience in their respective fields, and their mission is to bolster your abilities and prepare you for success as you go out to engage with other cultures and religions.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.


Liberty Theological Seminary, as part of Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity, is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Your seminary degree is approved by ATS and has met rigorous accreditation standards, so you can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

If you are a busy professional, this degree is perfect for you. It is offered online, and the classes have no set login times. This enables you to complete your courses wherever and whenever it’s most convenient for you — without neglecting your other priorities like your family, job, and community.

Completing the TESL specialization is a great way to launch a new career internationally. Your internship will allow you to make connections and gain the confidence needed to succeed in the field. This program is also an excellent choice for those who are already serving in a global context and wanting to gain additional credentials. No matter what your goals are, our global studies master’s program provides the affordable tuition rates, real-world training, and top-notch curriculum you need to prepare for effective cross-cultural engagement.

In this global studies program, you can examine the historical and theoretical foundations of global engagement and learn how to meet the needs of a culturally diverse world. You’ll also analyze past and present global issues so you can better understand how to serve in a multicultural context. The skills you gain from studying various cultures and learning how to communicate across borders can enhance your ability to teach English as a second language.

The TESL specialization will first teach you about the practical uses of the English language. You will also learn about the syntax and phonology of the major languages of the world to help you understand the unique challenges posed by a student’s primary language. You can develop the knowledge needed to help your students read, write, and speak English at an advanced level as you help prepare them for success in international and local industries that use English.

Additionally, you will take an in-depth look at cultural anthropology and world religions, allowing you to gain an appreciation for various cultures and glean insight on how best to communicate with them. Toward the end of this program, you’ll complete a TESL-related internship so you can gain practical, on-the-job experience that can enhance your chance of success and help you gain confidence. Together, your TESL skills and global studies knowledge can help you pursue international career paths in business, nonprofit work, and more.

Upon graduation, you can be better equipped to effectively engage in a global context and use language as a means of opening dialogues with people around the world!

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Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for many divinity courses* all for one convenient fee.

*Electronic textbooks are not provided for courses that fall under departments outside the School of Divinity.

Grad & Postgrad Divinity Block Rate (9-15 credit hours) $2,750
Grad & Postgrad Divinity Part Time (0-8.99 or over 15 credit hours) $395/Credit
Military Grad & Postgrad Divinity Block Rate (9-15 credit hours) $2,475
Military Grad & Postgrad Divinity Part Time (0-8.99 or over 15 credit hours) $275/Credit

These rates also apply to the MA in Pastoral Counseling, which falls under the School of Behavioral Sciences.

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for part-time graduate and postgraduate divinity courses
  • Discounted divinity block rate – $2,475 per semester*
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)**
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

These benefits also apply to the MA in Pastoral Counseling, which falls under the School of Behavioral Sciences.

*Credits taken below 9 and above 15 credit hours per semester are charged at the part-time rate.

**Not applicable to certificates.