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Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages

Qualifications

The materials listed below are reviewed in the admission process.
Application Deadlines: December 1, May 1, and August 1
All applicants must submit the following before final acceptance into the MATL program

1. Official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). For information on the GRE, go to http://www.gre.org. You can also call 1-800-473-2255 to schedule an appointment for the test.

2. Official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate studies. Successful applicants in the past have had undergraduate grade point averages over the last two years of undergraduate study that range from 3.0 to 4.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students who obtain “regular admission” typically have a GPA of 3.0 or better. Conditional admission may be considered for applicants whose undergraduate grade point average and/or test scores do not meet the admissions standard but who show promise for success in graduate studies. The requirements for a change to regular admission will be stated at the time of acceptance into the program.

3. A Statement of Purpose written in the language you will be pursuing (English, French or Spanish). Please write a 300-500 word statement indicating your career and professional goals and explaining why you want to pursue graduate study in language teaching. You might mention particular interests, academic accomplishments, travel abroad, teaching experience or other relevant preparation.

4. Non-native applicants to the French and Spanish emphases should have an undergraduate degree in the language or present evidence of equivalent language experience (30 hours in the language). Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in the language will be required to either complete more coursework before being allowed to take language emphasis courses or take the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview http://www.actfl.org and score in the Advanced range. A copy of the test score must be sent to the MATL coordinator. In cases where an applicant does not have an adequate background in the emphasis language, conditional admission may be granted with undergraduate language requirements and/or the ACTFL OPI set for full admission; such graduate students can begin MATL core courses while completing the prerequisites. This information pertains to heritage language speakers but not to international students whose native language is Spanish or French. Please see the Graduate Student Handbook for more information.

5. For international students whose native language is not English, official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required. Successful applicants will have an Internet-based test a score of 83 with no section lower than 19.   Information on the TOEFL is available at http://www.toefl.org. The department will also accept an IELTS score of a 6.5 with no sub-test score below a 6. Please see the Graduate Student Handbook for more information.
For more information on non-US applicants see the information below. International students need to apply through the International Admissions Office (see below).

6. Three (3) letters of recommendation are required by professionals in the field who are able to comment on the student's preparation to engage in graduate studies.

7. For all applicants from the United States to begin the admissions process you must go to Graduate Admissions at http://www.usm.edu/graduateschool/admissions.php

APPLICATION GUIDELINES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Application Information and Forms

Please carefully read the application guidelines above. All international applicants must submit the following before final acceptance into the MATL program:
  

  1. Official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  2. Official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate studies.
  3. A Statement of Purpose.
  4. Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS
  5. A minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation.

For all international student applicants to begin the process you must go to:

International Student Admissions
Address:
International Student Affairs Office

The University of Southern Mississippi

Post Office Box 5151

Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5151


Phone number: 601-266-4841
Fax number: 601-266-5839

Email: isa@usm.edu

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