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The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers graduate degree programs in Spanish and French, as well as an MA emphasis area in foreign language teaching. The department’s faculty and graduate student seminars are an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental series seeking to provide a collegial atmosphere in which scholars can present their recent work. The department strongly encourages study abroad as a way to reinforce language skills, broaden one’s horizons, and add an unforgettable experience to a meaningful university education.

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Missouri has the country’s only focus area in the field of Afro-Romance Studies. In order to facilitate research collaboration between our faculty members working in this field and scholars outside our institution, we have established the Institute for Languages and Literatures of the African Diaspora. The Institute serves first and foremost to expose black writers of French, Portuguese and Spanish expression to a wider audience.

Degrees Offered

Romance Languages with Spanish Emphasis, Master of Arts

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: February 15
Spring deadline: October 15

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in field of major
  • Masters applicants must have a bachelor’s degree

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Applicants must also demonstrate adequate preparation in advanced language and literature courses. This will require their having completed at least four courses equivalent to a 4000-level course for masters applicants or a 7000 level course for doctoral applicants at the University of Missouri. At a minimum, three of these courses must be in literature. If the faculty determines a deficiency, they will require that the student complete remedial course work in literature during the first year of enrollment. The director of graduate studies will inform students of these additional requirements at the time of their admission.

Internal doctoral applicants should refer to the application instructions on the doctoral page.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Romance Languages Program (Please use the Graduate Studies online application)

  • 10-15 page writing sample in language of desired degree program, must be uploaded to the online application
  • 500-word Personal Statement, uploaded to the online application
  • 3 letters of recommendation, submitted through the online application
  • Résumé or CV
  • TOEFL scores (international applicants only)
  • Photocopies of diplomas earned at colleges/universities outside the US (international applicants only)

Romance Languages, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: February 15
Spring deadline: October 15

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in field of major
  • Doctoral applicants must have a master’s degree

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Applicants must also demonstrate adequate preparation in advanced language and literature courses. This will require their having completed at least four courses equivalent to a 4000-level course for masters applicants or a 7000 level course for doctoral applicants at the University of Missouri. At a minimum, three of these courses must be in literature. If the faculty determines a deficiency, they will require that the student complete remedial course work in literature during the first year of enrollment. The director of graduate studies will inform students of these additional requirements at the time of their admission.

Internal Doctoral Applicants

Students who wish to advance to the doctoral program after completing their MA degree in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures may do so only after receiving written approval from the MA examining committee. Alternatively, candidates may not advance to the doctoral program if the examining committee determines, after the MA examination, that their degree is terminal.

Students advancing directly from the MA to the PhD program need to complete only a Change of Degree Program form, which the department submits to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Students who apply to the doctoral program one semester or more after completing their MA examinations must complete a Request to Re-enroll form and reapply to the doctoral program. They must submit a new departmental application and reference letters. They need not submit a new application to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Romance Languages Program (Please use the Graduate Studies online application system)

  • 10-15 page writing sample in language of desired degree program, must be uploaded to the online application
  • 500-word Personal Statement, uploaded to the online application
  • 3 letters of recommendation, submitted through the online application
  • Résumé or CV
  • TOEFL scores (international applicants only)
  • Photocopies of diplomas earned at colleges/universities outside the US (international applicants only)

Romance Languages with French Emphasis, Master of Arts

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: February 15
Spring deadline: October 15

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in field of major
  • Masters applicants must have a bachelor’s degree

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Applicants must also demonstrate adequate preparation in advanced language and literature courses. This will require their having completed at least four courses equivalent to a 4000-level course for masters applicants or a 7000 level course for doctoral applicants at the University of Missouri. At a minimum, three of these courses must be in literature. If the faculty determines a deficiency, they will require that the student complete remedial course work in literature during the first year of enrollment. The director of graduate studies will inform students of these additional requirements at the time of their admission.

Internal doctoral applicants should refer to the application instructions on the doctoral page.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Romance Languages Program (Please use the Graduate Studies online application)

  • 10-15 page writing sample in language of desired degree program, must be uploaded to the online application
  • 500-word Personal Statement, uploaded to the online application
  • 3 letters of recommendation, submitted through the online application
  • Résumé or CV
  • TOEFL scores (international applicants only)
  • Photocopies of diplomas earned at colleges/universities outside the US (international applicants only)

Romance Languages with Language Teaching Emphasis, Master of Arts

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: February 15
Spring deadline: October 15

Candidates for the MA must hold a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with a grade point average of 3.0 or better in their major field of study. They must also demonstrate adequate preparation in advanced language and literature courses for admission. This will normally be four courses equivalent to a 4000-level course at the University of Missouri. At least three of these courses must be in literature or linguistics. If the Admissions Committee believes that a deficiency exists, it will prescribe additional course work (during the first year of enrollment) beyond the 30 credit hours necessary for the MALT degree. The Director of Graduate Studies will inform students of these additional requirements at the time of admission.

All non-native speakers of French/Spanish will be required to complete an online proficiency assessment prior to admission. Applicants will be contacted by the appropriate course coordinators to schedule this assessment. Students who are judged deficient in any of these areas are required to do remedial work. New graduate students who are required to do remedial work because of the departmental language proficiency examination will be retested within one year. Students must receive a passing score, or their candidacy will be terminated.

All graduate students will be assigned an advisor by the Director of Graduate Studies at the start of their first semester of graduate study.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Romance Languages program

The following materials submitted via the Graduate Studies online application:

  • Three Letters of Reference
  • A 10-15 page-writing sample
  • 500-word personal statement detailing the applicant’s reasons for selecting the University of Missouri for graduate studies and academic/career goals. Applicants may also send other supporting materials, such as a résumé, if desired.
  • Résumé or CV
  • TOEFL scores (international applicants only)
  • Photocopies of diplomas earned at colleges/universities outside the US (international applicants only)