Admissions Requirements

A student seeking admission into a graduate program in Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature should meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. A bachelor's degree in the proposed field from an accredited institution.
  2. 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).
  3. Two letters of recommendation from former professors or other qualified individuals who can evaluate a candidate's past academic success and potential for graduate study.
  4. A two-to-three-page typed, double-spaced, autobiographical statement indicating the nature of their preparation for graduate work and the reasons for seeking the M.A. in the proposed field.
  5. A writing sample (a formal research paper, in the language of the proposed field or in a topic on linguistics or related 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 and with the head of the individual program (Spanish, French, etc.).

Applicants who lack a strong background (i.e., an undergraduate major) in a proposed field, may take undergraduate pre-requisites and/or be admitted on a conditional basis.

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