Admission Requirements


1.   Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and have proficiency in a second language as explained below (see paragraphs 5 and 6). Applicants with international degrees and transcripts should complete the IERF credential evaluation.

2.   Applicants must submit a statement of intent, a scholarly writing sample in English electronically through the Department Documents section of the application.

3.   Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation electronically through the online application, two of which should be from persons familiar with the applicant’s skills in teaching and his or her proficiency in the language of specialization. (If accepted into the Program, International applicants must also submit a completed Affidavit of Support Form.)

4.   All applicants are required to take the Graduate Records Exam (GRE). It is expected that to be successful in the program the applicant should score at the 50th percentile or above on the verbal section of the exam and receive at least a rating of 4 on the analytical/writing section. 

5.   Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate a minimal level of proficiency in English by scoring a 90 on the TOEFL iBT (minimum score of 24 in Speaking and minimum score of 22 in Listening, Reading, and Writing) or by an equivalent demonstration of ability.  

6.   Each applicant will designate a language of specialization. Non-native speakers of that target language must demonstrate a minimum ACTFL OPI rating of Advanced Low for languages in difficulty categories* 1 and 2 or Intermediate High for difficulty categories 3 and 4 (see explanation of Difficulty Categories below). If the ACTFL exams are not available or appropriate for a particular candidate, the Program Coordinator and Advisory Committee may consider other means of having applicant demonstrate target-language proficiency. 

7.   Consistent with Brigham Young University standards, applicants should consider themselves honor-bound to write their own essays and personally complete all admissions exams without assistance from any other person. A more complete assessment of language skills will be given after successful applicants are on campus. 

8.   Successful completion of a language-teaching methodology course is required for admission. Exceptions may be allowed for equivalent experience, such as extensive formal language teaching experience.

9.   Applicants will be accepted into the program by the Program Coordinator in consultation with the SLaT program Advisory Committee and the language department of the candidate’s specialization.


* ACTFL Second Language Difficulty Categories for speakers of English:

Category 1: Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, French, Haitian Creole, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish
Category 2: Bulgarian, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Urdu
Category 3: Cambodian, Czech, Finnish, Hebrew, Hmong, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian, Vietnamese
Category 4: Arabic, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin

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Application deadline: February 1