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College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Admissions

romance languages and literatures

Students applying to the graduate program must have a bachelor’s degree in the language of proposed study or have, otherwise, achieved general coverage of their major literature at the undergraduate level (at least four semesters of period or general courses in the major literature must be included in the student's undergraduate record). Native speakers of French, Italian or Spanish should demonstrate a strong background in the study of literature and the humanities.

In addition to the application form, applications must include:

  • A statement of purpose
  • A writing sample on a literary topic in the target language of at least four pages in length
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • International students are required to submit the International Application as well as TOEFL scores.


The application deadline is February 1.

How to apply and online application form

Applicants are encouraged to contact individual faculty members and to plan a personal visit to the department whenever possible.


Note: The RLL doctoral programs were suspended by the university in 2011. No new applications to these programs are being accepted.


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