Department of Modern Languages

Master of Arts Programs


DePaul's innovative new M.A. 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 M.A. 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 graduate 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 M.A. Programs:

Admission Requirements   

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

  • A completed B.A. or B.S. 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 M.A. 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 Please make sure your name is on all documents.


Foundation Courses   

Common to all seven M.A. 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:  M.A. Capstone

In addition, all three-hundred level courses in the respective languages are offered simultaneously as 400-level electives to complete the M.A. 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. 


Frequently Asked Questions   

  • Q:  How long does it take to complete the program?
    A:  Full-time students (taking 2 classes at 4 credit hours each for a total of 8 credit hours per quarter) may complete the program in 2 years/6 quarters. 
  • Q:  Are scholarships or other types of funding available for your graduate program?

A:  The Department of Modern Languages regrets that we cannot offer students any assistantships through our department. However, students who completed their bachelor's degree at DePaul are eligible for the Double Demon discount of 25%.  Graduate Assistantships are also available for qualified students in the Division of Student Affairs.  Ideal candidates are/were undergraduate student leaders and/or have other student affairs-related experiences. Eligible, prospective graduate students may apply for these positions, as they become available, by checking the Student Employment or Human Resources webpages. Each office in the Division of Student Affairs will manage/post their own G.A. positions, so interested students should check with the respective offices.  Some language programs also offer more scholarship information on the respective language program webpages, so please scroll through these to learn more about any potential scholarship opportunities by language program.  The College of New Jersey has a comprehensive list of ideas for how to fund a graduate program, so please also refer to this list for other funding possibilities.

  •  Q:  When can I apply?

A:  We accept students for admission every quarter, so students may apply at any time.  Prospective students should submit an application at least two months before the start of the term they wish to begin the program. However, in following the university registration timeline for the upcoming quarter, we recommend that students complete their application by early April for summer and/or fall quarter, mid Sept for winter quarter and early Jan for spring quarter admission.  Please click here to view the academic calendar for more details.

  • Q: How much would it cost to complete the program?

A: Information about tuition and fees can be found online here

  • Q: What time are your courses offered and how frequently?

A:  The core MOL foundation courses are offered in the evenings, while most of the language courses are offered late afternoon and/or evening.  Each core MOL foundation course is offered once per year, so students should register for at least one core MOL foundation course each quarter.  A class that begins at 5:30 or 6 p.m. is a class that will typically only meet once per week for about 3 hours. A class that begins before 5:30 will typically meet twice per week for about an hour and a half per class period.  Hybrid courses will have online course requirements and will thus typically meet less often. If a class is a hybrid class, this will be listed under the "Class Notes" section in Campus Connect and will be visible when students are looking for classes.


For Admitted Students   

Next Steps

  1. Complete the intent to enroll form online through Campus Connect. Instructions are included in the acceptance letter.

  2. Contact the Staff Advisor to discuss future goals, interests, and possible classes to take.

  3. Register for classes. Information about class registration can be found online here.

  4. Familiarize yourself with the Degree Progress Report (DPR) and your degree requirements as they are outlined in the catalog.

  5. Obtain a student ID card.

  6. Familiarize yourself with the UPass (all full-time graduate students will be charged a fee for this).

  7. Contact DePaul Central ( or 312-362-8610) regarding any possible immunization requirements before class registration for the upcoming quarter begins, or you may be blocked from registration.  You may also check the status of your immunization records through Campus Connect (Self Service > Personal Information > Immunization Status).

  8. Set up your student email address, if desired.

  9. Bookmark or save the Academic Calendar and take note of all important university deadlines, such as the last day to add a class, last day to drop a class with no penalty (no tuition, no "Withdrawn" listed on your transcripts), etc.

  10. Meet with a Career Center counselor to discuss your career goals & interests, plus what you could be doing to make the most of your time at DePaul, that could help you in your career.

Campus Connection is DePaul’s online portal for admitted and enrolled students. Campus Connection requires a user ID and password and allows you to view the course catalog, class schedules, and program newsletters. You also may register for classes and make payments to your student accounts online. You will receive an email with instructions about how to obtain your Campus Connection user ID and initial password a few days after you apply for admission. If you need assistance, please contact the Help Desk at (312) 362-8765. Obtaining your user ID and password will allow you to check whether the graduate admission office has received your application credentials. It also is needed to register for classes and access information and resources made available to admitted students through DePaul’s Campus Connection website. 

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