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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

In addition to the Graduate School online application forms for domestic and international students, see the following requirements for admission to our programs:

FRENCH

Before you can be officially admitted into the graduate study program at Michigan State University, please make sure that all of the following items are submitted to the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. When preparing the MSU Graduate Online Application, refer to the following program codes:

MASTER’S PROGRAM – 0913 French 
DOCTORAL DEGREE - 0915 French

Master of Arts:

  • Application form
  • A bachelor's degree in French from a four-year college, or the equivalent; preparation in French equivalent to or more extensive than that required for the B.A. in French at Michigan State University.
  • Superior grades in college coursework (at least a grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate French language and literature courses on the third and fourth-year level).
  • Letters of recommendation from three professors who are qualified to assess the applicant's ability to pursue advanced graduate study in French.
  • Non-native speakers of French are also required to submit a language proficiency evaluation form.
  • Writing samples in French and English.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
  • Official transcript(s) of all relevant coursework sent to the department, including proof that they have received a B.A. or equivalent in French.
  • English language proficiency: Prospective graduate students who are not native speakers of English must demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language they will teach. The language director or another faculty member will interview candidates by phone. International students must take the TOEFL test and, to be considered for regular admission, must receive a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based version (PBT) or 80 on the internet-based version of the test (IBT).

Doctor of Philosophy:

(For candidates who have not earned the M.A. in French at Michigan State University)

  • Application Form
  • A Master's degree in French or its equivalent. Candidates without a Master's degree in French or its equivalent must pass the M.A./Ph.D. Qualifying Examination in French in their second semester of residency.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 in their undergraduate language and literature courses in French.
  • Official transcripts of M.A. in French and/or transcripts of all relevant coursework.
  • Personal statement explaining their motivation for enrolling in a doctoral program in French and their ultimate goals, and academic statement describing the area they intend to focus on (maximum 500 words).
  • Academic writing samples in French and English.
  • Letters of recommendation from three professors who are qualified to assess the applicant's ability to pursue advanced graduate study in French.
  • Non-native speakers of French are also required to submit a language proficiency evaluation form.
  • Candidates for a teaching assistantship, and who are not first-language speakers of English, must take the TOEFL exam and receive a minimum average score of 550 or higher with the paper-based test (PBT) or 80 or higher with an internet-based test (IBT). Any award of a teaching assistantship is contingent on a candidate's achieving a passing grade on the TOEFL examination.
  • Non-native English speakers are also required to pass an oral proficiency exam in English. This is done on campus via a SPEAK Test, which is administered by the English Language Center. For further information visit http://elc.msu.edu/testing/speak/
  • At his or her discretion, or upon the recommendation of the faculty, the director of language instruction or a designated replacement will call all candidates for a teaching assistantship to verify their knowledge of spoken French and the clarity of their pronunciation, before a teaching assistantship can be firmly awarded.

 In addition to the online application, make sure that all material should reach us at:

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies
Wells Hall B-331
619 Red Cedar Road
East Lansing, MI 48824


SPANISH

Before you can be officially admitted into the graduate study program at Michigan State University, please make sure that all of the following items are submitted to the Department of Romance and Classical Studies.  When preparing the MSU Graduate Online Application, refer to the following program codes:

MASTER'S PROGRAM - 5771 Spanish as a Second or Bilingual Language 
MASTER'S PROGRAM - 5733 Hispanic Literatures
DOCTORAL DEGREE - 5734 Hispanic Cultural Studies
 

To be considered for admission, an applicant must submit the following along with the online application:

Master of Arts:

  • Application Form
  • Degree of Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Spanish, Hispanic Studies, Spanish Philology, or equivalent, depending on the desired specialization.
  • GPA of 3.0 or more (or equivalent).
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Transcript and degrees or diplomas:  Request that all colleges or universities attended, or examination boards send original hard copy of all transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets, and certificates directly to Michigan State University in an official, sealed envelope.
  • Statement of purpose (500 words).
  • English Language proficiency. Prospective graduate students who are not native speakers of Spanish must demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language they will teach, before being awarded an assistantship. The language director or another faculty member will interview candidates by phone.
  • The scores/results of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).
  • International Students and/or prospective graduate students who are not native speakers of English must take the TOEFL test.  See Graduate Handbook for minimum scores to be considered for admission.
  • International students must also pass an oral proficiency test in English upon their arrival at Michigan State University.
  • Deadline for application to receive full consideration for a teaching assistantship or other forms of financial support is December 15.  The Department will accept applications after the deadline date; however, we cannot guarantee financial support.

 

Doctor of Philosophy:

  • Application Form
  • Degree of Master of Arts with a Major in Spanish, Hispanic Studies, Spanish Philology, or equivalent, depending on the desired specialization.
  • GPA of 3.25 or more (or equivalent) in Spanish languages, literature and culture MA coursework.
  • Academic writing sample in Spanish.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Transcript and degrees or diplomas:  Request that all colleges or universities attended, or examination boards send original or attested copies of all transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets, and certificates directly to Michigan State University in an official, sealed envelope.
  • Statement of purpose (500 words)
  • English Language proficiency. Prospective graduate students who are not native speakers of Spanish must demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language they will teach, before being awarded an assistantship. The language director or another faculty member will interview candidates by phone.
  • The scores/results of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).
  • International Students and/or prospective graduate students who are not native speakers of English must take the TOEFL test and receive a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based version or 213 on the computer-based version of the test.
  • International students must also pass an oral proficiency test in English upon their arrival at Michigan State University.
  • Deadline for application to receive full consideration for a teaching assistantship or other forms of financial support is December 15.  The Department will accept applications after the deadline date; however, we cannot guarantee financial support.

 In addition to the online application, make sure that all material should reach us at:

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies/ Graduate Office
Wells Hall B-331
619 Red Cedar Road
East Lansing, MI 48824