Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements outlined in the Admission to Graduate Study section of the Graduate Catalog, applicants for admission to the MASLA program must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree in English, French, or Spanish, or a bachelor’s degree in another field and significant coursework and/or experience relating to the focus areas of this program (linguistics, language teaching, foreign language proficiency, etc.);
  2. Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 in all previous university-level coursework;
  3. Provide Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections);
  4. Submit a completed Missouri State University Application for Graduate Admission.
  5. Candidates wishing to pursue the TESOL track must submit the following to the English Department:
    1. Submit a Graduate Assistantship Application if the prospective student would like to be considered for this award;
    2. A personal statement (a 200- to 250-word description of the reasons and goals behind the applicant’s interest in graduate studies in TESOL);
    3. At least two letters of recommendation from individuals able to speak of the applicant's academic achievements and potential;
    4. A writing sample (a 10-12 page academic paper written in English).
  6. Candidates wishing to pursue the French track must submit the following to the Modern and Classical Languages Department:
    1. Submit a Graduate Assistantship Application if the prospective student would like to be considered for this award;
    2. A personal statement (a 200- to 250-word description of the reasons and goals behind the applicant’s interest in graduate studies in French);
    3. At least two letters of recommendation from individuals able to speak of the applicant's academic achievements and potential;
    4. Evidence of written proficiency in French consistent with the ACTFL Advanced Level (an official ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test score dated within the past three years or a 5-10 page academic paper written in French);
    5. An official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview score of at least Advanced Low dated within the past three years.
  7. Candidates wishing to pursue the Spanish track must submit the following to the Modern and Classical Languages Department:
    1. Submit a Graduate Assistantship Application if the prospective student would like to be considered for this award;
    2. A personal statement (a 200- to 250-word description of the reasons and goals behind the applicant’s interest in graduate studies in Spanish);
    3. At least two letters of recommendation from individuals able to speak of the applicant's academic achievements and potential;
    4. Evidence of written proficiency in Spanish consistent with the ACTFL Advanced Level (an official ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test score dated within the past three years or a 5-10 page academic paper written in Spanish);
    5. An official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview score of at least Advanced Low dated within the past three years. 

Applicants will be notified once their application is complete. Students who do not meet 2 and 3 above but who show high promise may be admitted conditionally. As conditions of admission, they may be required to take extra courses to make up deficiencies (including weaknesses in writing) or they may have other requirements stipulated.