Best ESL master's programs in California

Teaching English as a second language is a dynamic field that helps students and adults learn the phonetics, semantics, and pragmatics of English. Before enrolling in a graduate program check out the best ESL programs in the country. Read more about our ranking methodology here

Our ESL master’s rankings cover 6 of the 131 universities available, accounting for 7% of total student conferrals. Three years after completing their degree, graduates earn a weighted average salary of $51,411.

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#1 in California | #1 in English as a second language nationally

Biola University

La Mirada, California

Economic score: 0.17

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $47,260

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $29,788

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $22,158

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.47

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in California | #3 in English as a second language nationally

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California

Economic score: 0.48

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $41,342

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $23,870

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $47,314

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 1.14

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in California | #4 in English as a second language nationally

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Monterey, California

Economic score: 0.53

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $44,126

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $26,654

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $59,418

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 1.35

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#4 in California | #5 in English as a second language nationally

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

Economic score: 0.68

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $27,184

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $9,712

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $28,712

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 1.06

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#5 in California | #6 in English as a second language nationally

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

Economic score: 0.93

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $33,122

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $15,650

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $58,450

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 1.76

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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