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Graduate Programs

​DePaul's innovative new MA programs in Modern Languages provide students a customizable, flexible curriculum to develop advanced linguistic and cultural expertise in a language and to apply that expertise in the disciplinary or professional contexts of their choice. Whether in the “global village” of today’s world or in multiethnic communities such as Chicago, this advanced expertise is an increasingly valuable personal and professional asset, requiring appropriate training and credentials. The MA programs especially seek to serve adult professionals (government employees, social workers, healthcare providers, businesspeople, or certified K-12 teachers) whose careers require this applied expertise.  For a list of the courses students in the graduate program might complete, please check our course catalog.  All of our 300 level undergraduate courses are cross-listed with our 400 level gr​aduate courses.  The 400 level language courses are the courses which our language graduate students would complete.  All courses listed in the course catalog are not offered every term or year, so students should check in with the Program Director of each language program for more class scheduling details.
The Department of Modern Languages offers the following Graduate Programs:

Arabic

Chinese

French

German

Italian

Japanese

Spanish


Admission Requirements

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  All applicants to any of the MA Programs within the Department of Modern Languages must have, at the time of matriculation into the program:

  • A completed BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or abroad,
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (on a scale where A=4.0) in all undergraduate coursework, and
  • At least 20 quarter credit-hours of advanced undergraduate coursework in the target language OR a rating of at least “Intermediate High” on both the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) for the target language. 

In addition, applicants must submit:

  • Two letters of recommendation, and
  • One letter that explains the applicant’s areas of professional interest and reasons for seeking advanced training in language and culture. 

Applicants may transfer for credit to their chosen MA program no more than 8 quarter credit hours of graduate-level coursework completed at other institutions, provided that:

  1.  The courses have not already counted in satisfaction of requirements for another degree program, and
  2.  The courses bear grades of at least B- or higher (coursework graded P/NP will not be acceptable).
International students (those who were educated outside of the U.S. and/or require an F1 visa) must take additional steps to be considered for admission.  Please click here for exact information.

How to Apply

Application materials can be submitted through the Online Application Center.

Transcripts and other required credentials should be mailed to:

The Office of Graduate Admission
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
DePaul University
2400 North Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-2215

Application credentials (including official electronic transcripts) also can be emailed to The Office of Graduate Admission at graddepaul@depaul.edu. Please make sure your name is on all documents.​ 

Foundation Courses

Common to all seven MA Programs is a core curriculum consisting of the following four courses taught in English:

  • MOL 401:  Professional Foundations
  • MOL 402:  Language, Self, and Society
  • MOL 403:  Communities of Practice
  • MOL 497:  MA Capstone

In addition, all three-hundred level courses in the respective languages are offered simultaneously as 400-level electives to complete the MA program.  These 400-level courses carry different requirements than the lower-level courses and are taught in the target language.  Students may complete their 8 electives for the MA in one or a combination of 3 ways:

  1. Complete 400 level electives in the target language from among those that are offered every quarter.
  2. Complete graduate level electives taught in English from another department and complete coursework in the target language.
  3. Work with one of our faculty members to complete an independent study.

One of the key highlights of this program is the flexibility it offers students. Students are encouraged to speak with their faculty advisor and the department staff advisor in order to determine the courses best suited to the student’s career goals & interests. ​