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Admissions Information

The following are admission requirements for M.A. in Linguistics, M.A. in Spanish, and M.A. in TESOL:

  • Undergraduate degree in the desired area of study (or an acceptable related area)
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (overall as well as within the major)
  • A minimum TOEFL score for international students whose native language is not English:
    • 550 (paper version), 213 (computer version) or 79 (internet version) for applicants in Linguistics or Spanish
    • 580 (paper version), 237 (computer version), or 92 (internet version) for applicants in TESOL
      • Equivalent IELTS scores are also acceptable.
  • Department application 
    • Please complete and upload it at the Supplemental Materials > Supplemental Application link on the University Application.
  • A 300-word personal statement, in which you discusses your academic background, past accomplishments, why you want to study in our program and your future goals. Please upload it at the Supplemental Materials > Personal Statement link in your University Application.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors who know your academic work. You should request your letters of recommendation through the University Application.
  • An academic writing sample in the language of the area you are applying to study. This can be a paper that you have prepared for an academic course. Please upload your writing sample at the Supplemental Materials > Other Supporting Document 1 in the University Application.

University Requirements

  • Graduate Admission Application submitted by October 1 for spring semester admission and February 1 for fall semester admission
  • Application fee
  • Academic credentials
    • Official transcripts sent directly to the WVU Office of Admissions from all the U.S. institutions that you attended in the course of undergraduate or graduate study
    • Certified copies of official academic record(s) from non-U.S. institutions (showing course titles, dates taken, and grades received), and diploma(s) or certificate(s) showing degree awarded. These documents must be in the original language of issue, accompanied by official English translations. You should mail your academic credentials to Office of Admissions, West Virginia University, P.O. Box 6009, Morgantown, WV 26506-6009
  • An official TOEFL or IELTS score, if you are an international student whose native language is not English and do not have a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution. The ETS TOEFL code for WVU is 5904. You should ask ETS to send your score directly to WVU.

Admission to our M.A. programs is competitive. The graduate admissions committee will examine your file and will make a decision based on your academic performance in undergraduate studies, letters of recommendation from your professors who know your academic work, your personal statement and your writing sample.