Application and Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

a. Undergraduate GPA: a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

b. Statement of Intent: a one-page statement of intent, outlining your interest in the program, your potential as a scholar, and your intended contribution to the field of second language teaching

c. Language of Specialization. Designated language of specialization as indicated on the “Desired Research Area” portion of the application. Normally, the SLaT program admits students of French, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Arabic, as these are languages for which we have graduate faculty.

d. Language Proficiency Proof: ACTFL OPI rating of Advanced Low for languages in difficulty categories* 1 and 2 or Intermediate High for difficulty categories 3 and 4. If ACTFL exams are not available in the language, other proof may be considered. This does not apply to native speakers of their language of specialization.

*ACTFL Second Language Difficulty Categories for speakers of English:

Category 1: Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, French, Haitian Creole, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish.
Category 2: Bulgarian, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Urdu.
Category 3: Cambodian, Czech, Finnish, Hebrew, Hmong, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.
Category 4: Arabic, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin.

e. Scholarly Writing Sample: a 10- to 15-page scholarly writing sample in English addressing a topic relevant to second-language teaching

f. 3 Letters of Recommendation: three letters of recommendation, two of which should be from persons familiar with the applicants’ skills in teaching and their proficiency in the language of specialization

g. Graduate Records Exam (GRE): score at the 50th percentile or above on the verbal section of the exam and receive at least a rating of 4 on the analytical/writing section

h. TOEFL: score of 90 or above on the TOEFL iBT (minimum score of 24 in Speaking and minimum score of 22 in Listening, Reading, and Writing). Contact for information about other English test options. NOTE: This requirement only applies to non-native speakers of English.

i. Prerequisites: Successful completion of a language-teaching methodology course. Exceptions may be allowed for equivalent experience, such as other extensive, formal language teaching experience.

j. Ecclesiastical Endorsement: Complete an ecclesiastical endorsement here

k. Application Fee: $50 (USD) to be paid online

l. International Students: See the Graduate Studies International Students page for additional requirements


Application Deadline: February 1st 

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