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Prospective Students

Prospective students are encouraged to read the entirety of information provided below. Applicants must meet requirements set by both Graduate Admissions and the Department of World Languages & Cultures.

For questions regarding the application process or MA/PhD programs, please contact:

Mackenzie Buie
Graduate Academic Advisor

All applicants must submit an electronic application through the Apply Yourself website.

All application materials - excluding the Proof of Language Proficiency and Application for Teaching Fellowship or Assistantship - must be uploaded to the AY site by the Department deadline in order to be considered for Fall admission.

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Admissions Deadline

The Department of World Languages & Cultures has application deadlines that differ from Graduate Admissions. In order to be considered for admission, please adhere to the deadlines below.

International Students - December 15
Domestic Students - January 15

Applicants will be notified of the Department's decision by email no later than March 15th.

As a rule, the Department only accepts applications for Fall admission.

NOTE: The Department of World Languages & Cultures will not open admissions for the Spanish PhD for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Every applicant must meet the requirements set by the Graduate School. Minimum requirements:

  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, based on all undergraduate work. If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, a GPA will be calculated on the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of the undergraduate work for admission consideration.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

International students are subject to additional application requirements; for further information click here.

Proof of English Language Proficiency must be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 80 (Internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test)
  • IELTS: An overall minimum band score of 6.5

Minimum score requirements are subject to change. Please have results sent to the University of Utah - Office of Admissions.

Statement of Intellectual Intent 

All applicants must upload a "Statement of Purpose" wherein they address their academic preparation, intellectual goals, critical interest in the area of proposed study, and reasons for applying to our graduate program. In addition, all applicants should describe their language ability and experience.

CLCS applicants should also address their language area and research interest along with a potential faculty mentor.

Please include your name, the program to which you are applying, and your e-mail address in bold typeface at the top left of the document. 

Sample of Critical Writing

All applicants are required to submit two samples of critical writing.* One must be in English; one must be in the target language (defined as the language you intend to study). Each writing sample should be a minimum of 5-10 pages in length. Please submit writing samples that best display your writing ability in English and the target language.

*CLCS applicants are only required to submit one writing sample in English, 5-10 pages in length. An additional writing sample in the target language is optional.

Upload both writing samples to the AY site in one document. Please include a blank page between the two samples.

Three Letters of Recommendation

All applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are requested and received through the AY website. Please do not send letters to the department or admissions.

Letters of recommendation should speak to your ability to do advanced literary studies, as well as your ability/proficiency in the language/literature area(s) in which you propose to do your work. At least two of the letters should be from professors who can speak to your ability as a student of literature. If you have prior teaching experience, you might include one letter from a teaching supervisor, but this is not required.

For MALP and WLMA applicants, letters of recommendation should speak to your potential for success in a graduate program, ability/proficiency in the language areas in which you propose to do your work, and teaching ability/potential. 


The graduate programs in the Department of World Languages & Cultures do not require the GRE.

Proof of Language Proficiency

Native speakers of English must submit a compressed audio file with a representative sample of their conversational ability in their target language.

Native speakers of the target language are required to do the same in English.

Applicants should speak for roughly 3 minutes about their interest in the subject they propose to study and their purpose in seeking a graduate degree.  While applicants should consider in advance what they want to discuss, the sample should demonstrate that they are speaking freely rather than reading from a prepared text.

CLCS and WLMA applicants are not required to supply a spoken sample unless they are interested in a Teaching Assistantship in a specific language.

Recordings must be received by the Department deadline. Please send audio files to Mackenzie Buie.

Application for Teaching Assistantship (Optional)

Applicants interested in being considered for a Teaching Assistantship should complete an application and email it to Mackenzie Buie.

For the application and more details, please see Funding Opportunities.

If you are admitted to a graduate program, you will be asked to provide an official copy of your college transcripts, sent directly from each previous school to the Office of Admissions at the address below. The University of Utah accepts electronic transcripts as official from the following agencies only: Docufide by Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, AVOW and Scrip-Safe.

Please send electronic transcripts to

Office of Admissions, Graduate Admissions Division
The University of Utah
201 S 1460 E
Room 250 S SSB
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Documents submitted for admission become the property of the University of Utah and cannot be returned. 

Failure to provide final academic credentials will cause a registration hold to be placed on your record which will keep you from further registration until all missing credentials are received.

Last Updated: 7/9/18