Modern Languages at UTA

Graduate Programs

Master's Degrees

Requirements for Admission to the MODL M.A. Program

No single factor will either guarantee or deny admission to the program. However, poor performance on a majority of factors listed below may result in deferral or denied admittance into the graduate program.

Requirements for Unconditional Admission

  • B.A. Degree in the language to be studied. A person with a bachelor's degree in a major other than French or Spanish must have the equivalent of 18 hours of upper level French or Spanish in order to become a master's student. The equivalency may take one of the following forms:
    • A student may obtain 18 hours at the 3000 and 4000 level. 
    • A student may attempt to test out of nine hours of grammar, composition, and conversation. If a student tests out of grammar, composition, and conversation, s/he must take nine hours of literature, in order to demonstrate the ability to do literary studies. 
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00, as calculated by the Graduate School (usually, last 60 hours).* 
  • GRE score.* 
  • Submission of all documents required for application to the Graduate School (application, fee, official transcripts and GRE scores) and to the Department of Modern Languages (3 letters of recommendation).


  • Under specific circumstances the GRE may be waived for those who received their B.A. from UTA. See GRE Waiver or Advanced Admission. International students whose native language is not English must also take the TOEFL test and score 550 on the paper-and-pencil test or 213 on the computerized test, in order to qualify for unconditional admission.
  • Students with low GRE scores or a low GPA may be admitted based on other criteria such as letters of recommendation or current coursework that a student may be pursuing. Such admission may be considered "probationary admission," requiring students to maintain a "B" average during the first twelve hours of graduate work.

Deferred and Provisional Admission

  • Provisional Admission
    An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.
  • Deferred Admission
    A deferred decision may be granted when there is a deficiency that needs to be addressed before admission is granted.