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Department of Languages and Literatures


Requirements for Graduate Admission to Degree Status
in the Department of Languages and Literatures

In addition to the requirements of the Graduate College, students are expected to have an undergraduate major or minor in the intended area(s) of study, documented on an official university transcript or its equivalent.

Students who do not have a major or minor in the intended area(s) of study may be admitted provisionally, provided they can document  the academic preparation required to succeed in the graduate program for which they are applying.

Students with academic deficiencies may be required to take additional undergraduate coursework to prepare for graduate studies.

Not required:

  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

To apply, go to the University of Northern Iowa's Graduate College Admissions page.

The admission procedures of the Graduate College are administered separately from those of the university's undergraduate program. Prospective students may apply for graduate admission under one of two categories: Degree Status or Non-Degree Status. Each category carries specific regulations.

Responsibility for determining eligibility for admission to graduate degree programs rests primarily with the academic departments. The academic departments are responsible for receiving admission applications and for determination of admissibility. Prospective degree students must contact the appropriate academic department for information regarding the requirements for admission, applications for admission and information regarding their admissibility. Please see the Graduate College's Admission and Contact Us pages for individual program admission requirements and contacts.
An applicant must submit:

  • a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;
  • an official transcript from the college or university granting the baccalaureate degree (if other than the University of Northern Iowa); and
  • for international students, results of the TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination.

International students should contact the International Services Office, University of Northern Iowa, for explanation of requirements.
Additional admission requirements (e.g. departmental application, letters of reference, goal statement, etc.) may be established by departments. Prospective students should contact the department for this information.

Many guides are available to advise applicants to graduate school about how best to present themselves when applying for admission and financial support. The links below provide access to essays written by the DLL's own Vince Gotera, Professor of English and one of the editors of the North American Review, who offers his wisdom after having spent years advising potential graduate students and serving on admissions committees:

Click here to read Dr. Gotera's "How to Get Great Recommendations"

Click here to read Dr. Gotera's "How to Write a Great Statement of Purpose"

Click here to read Dr. Gotera's "The Grad School Letter Arrives . . . Now What?"