Graduate Studies

The Department of Modern Languages offers three M.A. programs:

In this section, you will find general information about Master's degrees in Modern Languages, along with specific information regarding admission, financial support, a checklist for US citizen & resident application, and a checklist for international student application.

Please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Claire Dehon (dehoncl@k-state.edu) if you have any questions about these programs, and/or the application process.


General Information

Graduate level programs in the Department of Modern Languages further increase the students' sophistication in spoken and written language skills and train them in the specialized fields of literary study, or second language acquisition.

Master's degrees are available in French, German, Spanish, and TEFL. The program offers a limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) to qualified applicants allowing them to teach language courses and gain valuable professional experience. The Department also offers a limited number of scholarships: one for promising first year students, and another for high performing second year students. Please contact the Office of Modern Languages (modlang@ksu.edu) for more information.

An array of courses provides graduate students an excellent education in literature, culture, language, second language acquisition and pedagogy, and linguistics. Many full-time faculty, GTAs and temporary instructors are native speakers. Because there is a small ratio of students to faculty members, students are closely supervised and have easy access to their professors. Students in the program have a Graduate Advisor to help outline their program of study.

Final examinations

In all program options a final comprehensive examination is required at the completion of course work. This exam is tailored to the particular M.A. option. It generally takes two years to complete the literature or SLA M.A. program while the SLA with graduate Certificate requires 2.5 to 3 years. Practicing teachers who typically take only one course per semester may need an additional year or two to complete the option in second language acquisition.

Special programs and activities

We offer summer programs in France, Germany, Spain, and other Hispanic countries. Graduate students in German may qualify for substantial scholarships in a recently expanded program for study in selected universities of Austria, Germany, or Switzerland. The university has an agreement with the University of Costa Rica and connections to a number of study abroad programs including International Students Exchange Program.

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Admissions

  • For International Student Application and deadlines, please check the Graduate School page.
  • Deadline for U.S. Citizen and/or U.S. Resident Application: April 1st (for fall admission), and December 1st (for spring admission), please check the Graduate School page for application form.
Requirements for Admittance*

1) B.A. in related field (language, education, etc.) or 3 years of European University in related field, or equivalent. Students with other academic backgrounds may apply provided that they make up the courses necessary to bring them at the right level.

2) Teaching experience desirable (as a practicing or former teacher, or as a student-teacher)

3) Acceptance by a committee of graduate program faculty; basis for acceptance: the student's previous transcript, application materials, and letters of recommendation.
NOTE: For students applying to the M.A. in Second Language Acquisition with Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, an initial consultation with Dr. Amanda Morales (morales@k-state.edu) in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is recommended.

*Prospective students may be accepted provisionally until deficiencies in course work or professional experience are completed satisfactorily.

See checklist for graduate application: US residents & citizens, international.

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Financial Support

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Many applicants to the Modern Languages M.A. programs qualify to be GTAs (Graduate Teaching Assistants). These positions allow our students to develop their teaching skills in a supportive and cooperative environment while earning a degree in the field of their choice, and receiving financial support.

A GTA teaches three sections of lower-level language courses throughout the academic year. The current stipend for a nine-month contract (August to May) is $10,380, this stipend can be complemented by scholarships (email Modern Languages for more information about scholarships). All full time GTAs receive a full tuition waiver (about $4,000 for in-state tuition, or $8,900 for out-of-state) for each year as a GTA, and can join the University's health insurance program. GTAs may teach in the summer if classes are available.

If you are interested in a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, we ask that you include with your application a personal voice recording (on CD) in which you introduce yourself in English and in the language you wish to study for two or three minutes (one minute or so in each language). Include also a reading of a short text in the language to be studied. A passage of two or three minutes read from a literary selection would do nicely. We also may telephone you for an interview.

If you have questions about your specific plans and needs, we would be happy to send you additional information. Please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator Dr. Claire Dehon (dehoncl@k-state.edu).

For other types of financial assistance (student loans or work study), please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance, Fairchild Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-1104.

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Checklist for US Residents & Citizens Graduate Application

  • Completed Application available through the Graduate School. You must apply directly online through the Graduate School webpage.
  • Statement of objectives, in English (one page maximum).
  • Official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate classes.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors and others who know your work.
  • Application fee payable to the Kansas State University Graduate School. See the Graduate School Application webpage for details.
US residents and citizens who are not English native speakers will be required to take the TOEFL and SPEAK test.

If you are requesting a Graduate Teaching Assistanship, do not forget to include a cassette tape/CD.

When your application file is complete, send all materials to the Department of Modern Languages, Graduate Program Coordinator, 104 Eisenhower Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-1003, USA, we will forward it to the graduate advisor in the language you wish to study. He or she will contact you regarding your acceptance to the program and your assistantship, if you have applied for one. Your application must be approved by both the faculty in your language section and the Graduate School. This will take a few weeks. We appreciate your patience.

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Checklist for International Students Graduate Application

Please be sure to contact the Graduate School for more detailed information regarding the University's admission policy of International students, and application deadlines.

  • Completed International Student Application available through the Graduate School. You must apply directly online through the Graduate School webpage.
  • Statement of objectives, in English (one page maximum).
  • Official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate classes, translated if from a non-English-speaking country.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors and others who know your work, in English if possible.
  • Statement of financial support, with documentation (official bank statement, letter from sponsors, letter of credit, etc.). Please sign in all three boxes on the application.
  • TOEFL score documentation unless you have an undergraduate degree from a university in the United States; minimum of 560 (paper-based test), 220 (computer-based test), or 83 (iBT - internet-based test) required for admittance to Graduate School and 610/253/101-102 for student with a Teaching Assistanship.
  • SPEAK test: If you are applying for a teaching assistanship, please know that the Kansas Board of Regents mandates that any student who teaches in a university class must pass the SPEAK test / TSE (Test of Spoken English) with a score of 50 or receive a 26 on the speaking portion of the TOEFL iBT. (Please contact the English Language Program for details on the SPEAK test).
  • Application fee payable to the Kansas State University Graduate School. See the Graduate School Application webpage for details.*

*Please note that international KSU graduate students who are going on for another degree or are changing curriculum within KSU do not pay the application fee.

If you are requesting a Graduate Teaching Assistanship, do not forget to include a cassette tape/CD.

When your application file is complete, send all materials to the Department of Modern Languages, Graduate Program Coordinator, 104 Eisenhower Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-1003, USA, we will forward it to the graduate advisor in the language you wish to study. He or she will contact you regarding your acceptance to the program and your assistantship, if you have applied for one. Your application must be approved by both the faculty in your language section and the Graduate School. This will take a few weeks. We appreciate your patience.

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