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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 or IELTS score for international applicants:
    • TOEFL: 79 for applicants in Linguistics or Spanish
    • TOEFL: 92 for applicants in TESOL 

    • IELTS: 6.5 for all applicants

  • Application Deadlines
    • Fall Admission: February 1
    • Spring Admission: October 1

Application Process

1. Fill out Graduate Application

        In order to be considered for admission to one of our M.A. programs, please fill out and submit the Graduate Application.

2. Complete Supplemental Documents to be Uploaded to Your Graduate Application

  • A 300-word personal statement, in which you discuss your academic background, past accomplishments, why you want to study in our program and your future goals.
  • · An academic writing sample in English if you are applying to our Linguistics or TESOL M.A. programs, or in Spanish, if you are applying to our M.A. program in Spanish. This can be a paper that you have prepared for an academic course.

  • Your resume

  • Request three letters of recommendation from professors who know your academic work


3. TOEFL or IELTS Score

      If you are an international applicant who did not complete your bachelor's degree at a US, UK, Australian, Canadian, or New Zealand institution, you must submit an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score.

4. Submit Official Undergraduate Transcript
      It is preferred that official transcripts be sent via an online, secure service such as eScrip-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse, or Parchment to graduateadmissions@mail.wvu.edu. Alternatively, sealed, untampered, physical official transcripts can be mailed to the Office of Admissions.

5. Application for a Teaching Assistantship

      To be considered for a teaching assistantship, please fill out the WLLL TA Application and upload it with your personal statement to your graduate application. Please also submit the supporting documents indicated in this application. You will first be considered for admission to the program. If admitted, you will be considered for an assistantship.


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.