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MA-LLC Admission Requirements

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  1. B.A or equivalent in the target language/literature, or in another appropriate discipline.
  2. Undergraduate Grade Point Average of 2.9 overall, and 3.25 in the proposed MA major subject.
  3. TOEFL for international students:
    1. paper-based: minimum of 550 for admission, 600 for teaching assistantship;
    2. internet-based iBT: minimum of 79 for admission, 100 for teaching assistantship;
    3. The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is another option. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.0. Scores are to be sent directly to the Office of Graduate and Professional Education (234 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE 19716) by IELTS International.
    4. For TOEFL/IELTS score equivalents and further information on submitting test scores, see
  4. ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview, administered by Language Testing International) for non-native speakers of the target language (Spanish, French or German).  A minimum score of Advanced Low is required of all candidates applying for a teaching assistantship.
  5. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from professors who know you well and can comment on your academic performance in the target language and/or literature, as well as on your current target language proficiency (if you are a non-native speaker of that language). If you have been away from the academic world for some years, a letter from an employer may be substituted for one academic letter.
  6. Applicants must submit a writing sample of at least 1000 words in the target language (this may be a paper written for an undergraduate class). In addition, candidates applying for a teaching assistantship may have a brief personal or telephone interview conducted in English and the target language.

Admission to the MA in Languages, Literatures and Cultures is competitive. Those who meet these requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet the requirements necessarily precluded from admission if other appropriate strengths are presented, such as high grades and strong letters of recommendation.

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  • Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
  • Jastak-Burgess Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • 30 East Main St.
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2591