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Admissions

A completed online Graduate Application form. Please visit the University’s Graduate Admissions page and apply online here.

Candidates must have at least a 3.0 GPA, preferably in a relevant field of study such as foreign language, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, English, history, political science or psychology. Candidates must supply all official academic transcripts, graduate and undergraduate, from schools previously attended.

Candidates must supply at least three references, which indicate strong language skills and an ability to do academic work at the graduate level. If possible, referees should address directly the applicant’s suitability for graduate work in Applied Linguistics. At least TWO letters should be from academic sources (previous professors); one of the three can be from employers, teaching supervisors, or principals. References should state clearly how long the referee has known the applicant and in what capacity. If a candidate is unable to submit letters from academic sources, the reason should be referenced in the statement of interest.

Candidates must submit a written statement of at least 1,200 words indicating the reasons for their interest in pursuing a degree in Applied Linguistics. This statement is an important part of the application and is evaluated as evidence of the applicant’s writing ability and familiarity with issues in the field. A discussion of the applicant’s experiences in language study, language teaching/tutoring, travel, or living in other cultural settings is appropriate, as is the discussion of the candidate’s career goals. The applicant may also use the statement to directly address any areas of weakness in their application. The statement should specify the applicant’s intended concentration, whether English as a second language, bilingual studies, or foreign language pedagogy.

Non-native speakers of English must submit an official TOEFL score report with a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test (PBT), 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or 90 on the internet-based test (iBT). IELTS scores may be submitted in lieu of the TOEFL. A minimum score of 6.5 is required.

Candidates for the Foreign Language and Bilingual Education Concentrations may be asked to indicate native or near-native proficiency in the language they expect to teach.

The Graduate Record Exam is not required but may be submitted to bolster an applicant’s academic record.  

The application deadline is October 1st for Spring semester admissions and January 15th for Fall semester admissions.