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Student Handbook

​Students in a graduate program offered through Modern Languages follow the requirements, rules, and regulations set by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the DePaul University Graduate Handbook.  There are additional academic regulations specific to students in a Modern Language graduate program. 

Language Proficiency for Admission

In order to be eligible for admission to a Modern Language graduate program a student must have successfully completed at least 20 quarter credit hours (or the equivalent in semester credit hours) of advanced college-level coursework in the language (this is the equivalent of an undergraduate “minor” at most colleges or universities in the United States). 
 
Students who lack 20 quarter credit hours (or the equivalent in semester credit hours) of coursework must demonstrate proficiency in the language by attaining a rating of at least “intermediate high” on two standardized tests from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL):  the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT)
 

Transfer Credit

Students may apply (“transfer”) toward their MA programs in Modern Languages no more than eight quarter hours of graduate-level credit completed at another college or university, with approval from the departmental director of graduate programs. Students may not transfer credits already used to satisfy the degree requirements of any program at another college or university.
 
Students seeking to apply “transfer” credit toward their MA programs in Modern Languages must complete the college transfer request form.
 

Graduation with Distinction

Students from the MA programs in Modern Languages earn their degrees “with distinction” if they graduate with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 (on a scale where 4.0=A). To verify eligibility, students and their faculty advisors should contact the departmental advisor and the departmental director of graduate studies before the deadline to apply for graduation.