Application Information

We offer a Master of Arts in Foreign Languages and Literatures with two concentrations: Spanish and French. If you are applying for only one concentration, please indicate the concentration of choice on the application.

What Should I Know Before I Apply?

Admission to the Foreign Languages and Literatures graduate program is competitive. Here are the baseline criteria for applying. GRE scores are not required for admission.

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Language fluency must be demonstrated, and is determined by the writing sample and oral sample in the target language (French or Spanish).
  • Non-native speakers of English must meet Graduate School TOEFL requirements.
  • Non-native speakers of English who wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship must score at least a 27 on the Speaking section of the TOEFL.
  • Some applicants may be given provisional admittance on condition of taking and passing with a B or better specific courses conducted in the target language and approved by the Director of Graduate Programs.

How Do I Apply?

A portion of the application process is reviewed by our department, and the rest is reviewed by the NC State Graduate School. Please carefully review the following list of steps required to submit a complete application.

To Submit to the Graduate School:

  •  Graduate School Admissions Application (online)
  • Three letters of academic reference attesting to the applicant's academic ability to undertake successfully graduate study in French or Spanish (part of online application)
  •  Statement of Purpose (part of online application)
  •  Writing Sample (attach to application as a PDF)
  •  TOEFL scores as needed (part of the online application)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. (You can upload unofficial copies as part of your application, then submit official copies if/when admitted.)
  • Documentation of U.S. citizenship, permanent residence, or student visa (if/when admitted)

Send hard copies of official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work to the Graduate School:

The Graduate School 
North Carolina State University
Room 240, Research Building III 
1005 Capability Drive
Campus Box 7102
Raleigh, NC 27695

To Submit to the Department:

  • Speaking Sample (MP3 format required)

Send the departmental items via email to:

Ms. Valerie Batta, Graduate Services Coordinator
Campus Box 8106
Raleigh, NC, 27695-8106

Language Sample Information

Below is information about how to prepare the required samples for your application.

  • Personal and professional, written in narrative form, specifying reasons for pursuing the MA.
  • Describe your career goals and research interests, as well as your publications, work experience, and academic honors and organizations. You may also include information about your achievements, talents, background, experiences, and traits that will contribute to the enrichment or diversity of the University or community, beyond your academic credentials.
  • Language: Written in English
  • Length: 300 word maximum
  • Submitted as part of the Graduate School online application
  • This is separate from the Personal Statement uploaded as part of the Graduate School online application
  • Content: The writing sample is to be a research paper, analytical in nature, demonstrating the applicant's critical thinking and expository skills, and is to treat a literary, cultural, pedagogical or linguistic topic. We expect applicants to provide a writing sample that is knowledgeable, demonstrates a thorough development of the thesis, shows good analysis and synthesis of the material, and reflects critical inquiry and interpretation relevant to the chosen topic, whether it be literary, cultural, pedagogical or linguistic in nature. It must include a bibliography.
  • Length: 5-8 word-processed pages, 1" margins, 12 pt font, double-spaced
  • Language: In the target language (French or Spanish)
  • Submitted as part of the Graduate School on-line application

Submit ONE audio file via email to the Graduate Services Coordinator as an .mp3 wherein you provide a recording of yourself doing the following in the target language (French or Spanish):

  1. A 30-second introduction of yourself (not to be something written that you are reading).
  2. A one-minute explanation of the reading sample (see #3) that you have selected to record and why you selected it (not to be something written that you are reading).
  3. A one-minute minute reading of a piece of French or Spanish literature of your choosing.

If you need software to make the recording, consider using Audacity.

Application Deadlines

  • February 1: Fall semester application deadline for US Citizens who wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship.
  • February 15: Fall semester application deadline for International Students.
  • May 1: Fall semester application final deadline for US Citizens (without being considered for a Teaching Assistantship) International students must submit their applications by February 15.
  • We do not admit students for spring or summer sessions (Note: Course work taken as a PBS student can be transferred in once admission to the program is granted).
  • Teaching Assistantship decisions will be finalized by March 1.

Concentration in French and Spanish

You are welcome to complete concentrations in both French and Spanish. You will need 18 hours of FLS (Spanish) courses and 18 hours of FLF (French) courses (all at the 500- or 600-level) plus the required FL541 (and FL507 if you are a TA; TAships are for a maximum of two years/four semesters). You will receive one diploma but your transcript will list both concentrations. Your primary concentration would coincide with the language TAship to which you apply. You submit oral and written samples for both concentrations.