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MOL Graduate FAQ
How long does it take to complete the program?
The program consists of 12 classes, so it depends on how many classes per quarter per year a student chooses to complete. Students are welcome to take 1 class a quarter (part-time) or take as many as 4 classes per quarter. Two classes per quarter is the standard and recommended full-time class load.
Full-time students (taking 2 classes at 4 credit hours each for a
total of 8 credit hours per quarter, 3 quarters per year fall/winter/spring) may complete the program in 2
years/6 quarters. Part-time students taking one class per quarter for fall/winter/spring (3 classes/year) may complete the program in 4 years.
Below is a sample full-time schedule:
When can I apply?
We have rolling admissions, meaning we accept students for admission
every quarter. Prospective students may therefore apply for admission 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. View the academic calendar.
What time are your courses offered, how frequently and where?
The core MOL foundation courses (MOL 401, 402, 403) are offered in the evenings, while
most language courses are offered during the day. The French and Spanish programs may offer 1-2 evening (5:30-8:45 or 6-9:15) courses fall, winter and spring terms. Spanish may occasionally offer advanced courses in the summer.
Each core MOL foundation course is offered once per year. Students
should register for at least one core MOL foundation course each
quarter their first year. MOL 401 = fall, MOL 402 = winter, MOL 403 = spring
The majority of advanced language and the MOL core courses are offered at the Lincoln Park Campus (LPC). Spanish may occasionally offer an online course. Students whose language proficiency is already advanced may, in consultation with their faculty advisor, choose to take 1-2 courses outside of the department as part of their electives. If students are approved to take courses outside of the Department of Modern Languages, they would need to work with the Department Assistant of the other department(s) regarding class availability.
Please refer to the Class Search
to view a sampling of our graduate courses offered each quarter.
I've never studied a language before and would love to learn ! Is this program a good fit for me?
We hope that after you take a few years of undergraduate language coursework, you will consider joining us for the MA! Unfortunately, beginner and intermediate language courses are not eligible for graduate-level programs. You would need to complete at least 20 quarter hours (5 classes) of advanced 2xx/3xx level language courses OR achieve an Intermediate High on the OPI and WPT (ACTFL ratings) for admission eligibility into an MA language program.
Below is the typical course schedule and sequence one would expect to follow in studying a new language through our department :