Graduate Admissions

How to apply for graduate admission in the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature

Admission requirements:

A student seeking admission into any graduate program in the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, ideally in the proposed field. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) for the last 60 undergraduate hours completed and/or a combined score of 1000 or higher on the verbal and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). In addition, students must have two letters of recommendation; a two to three-page typed, double-spaced autobiographical statement (written in English) indicating the nature of their preparation for graduate work and the reasons for seeking the M.A. in the proposed field; and a writing sample (ideally, a research paper) in the language of the proposed field. Prospective applicants for graduate work in Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature are encouraged to schedule an interview (by phone for out-of-town/state candidates) with the department's director of graduate studies, Dr. Michael Horswell ( / 561.297.3863). Applicants who fail to meet the GRE or GPA requirements, and/or who lack a strong background in proposed field, may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Application Procedures for Graduate Studies in Languages and Linguistics

In order to be admitted to the Graduate program in French, Linguistics, Spanish or Comparative Literature, you must file two applications. The first application must be delivered to the Office of Graduate Admissions and Studies; the second to the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature. Here are step-by-step procedures to follow:

  1. First application dossier (for the Office of Graduate Admissions and Studies)
    1. Visit the website of the Office of Graduate Admissions and Studies at Florida Atlantic University, to download application forms and learn more details about graduate studies at their website.
    2. Fill out and submit the application to:
      Office of Graduate Admissions and Studies
      SU 80, Room 101 (Student Support Services Building, Boca campus)
      777 Glades Road / Florida Atlantic University
      Boca Raton, FL 33431
      (Phone: 561-297-3624; Fax: 561-297-1212)
    3. This application must be accompanied by official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed at previous institutions of higher learning. If you have studied at a non-U.S. institution, you must provide an official evaluation/translation of the relevant transcript(s). Click here for a list of accredited evaluators and translators recognized by FAU’s Office of Graduate Admissions.
  2. Second application dossier (for the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature)
    All candidates must establish an application file directly with the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature. The file must contain the following items, and must be delivered directly to the department:
    Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature
    GS 212 (General Classrooms South, Boca Raton campus)
    Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
    777 Glades Road
    Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
    (Tel: 561-297-3860; Fax: 561-297-2657)
    Documents that must be submitted to the department:
    1. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from university professors who can attest to your academic ability and potential for graduate study.
    2. A "statement of purpose," which is a brief essay (220-440 words) that outlines your interest and goals in pursuing graduate study. This should be written in English, since it will be read by the entire graduate committee.
    3. A "writing sample," preferably a scholarly paper written during your undergraduate career. If you are planning to study in French, it is required that the sample be written in French.
    4. A copy of your official graduate application and copies of any relevant transcripts. If your transcripts are in French, please include copies of the original (untranslated, French-language) versions; these give us valuable information.
    5. Please be sure to include contact information (phone number and email) so that the Director of Graduate Studies can reach you in a timely manner.
  3. There are a limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships available for full-time students. These awards provide an annual stipend and tuition remission, in exchange for teaching or assisting in the Department of Languages and Linguistics. If you are interested in applying for this financial support, please be sure to indicate this on your application and in your statement of purpose.
  4. The Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature has a policy of "rolling admissions," which means we accept students for Fall, Summer and Spring enrollments. It is recommended, however, that students interested in full-time study and teaching assistantships apply as early as possible. The teaching assistantships are competitive, and a student stands a better chance of receiving one when applying early.
  5. It is recommended that International Students begin this process as early as possible. In most cases, international students must obtain a student visa, which requires additional paperwork. More information for international students is available at the official website for the Graduate College: (, as well as at the official website of the Office of International Students and Scholars: (