Language Requirements

Departments may require “standard proficiency” or “advanced proficiency” in language competence in one or more foreign languages for graduate degrees.

Standard proficiency assumes a reading-comprehension level expected of a student who has completed one year of college foreign-language instruction or the equivalent. Students may verify standard proficiency in one of the following ways:

  1. Complete a second-semester language course (1020), or the equivalent at another institution, with at least a B grade (3.0). Submit a grade report or transcript to the Department of Languages and Literature, 1400 Language and Communication Building, for verification. Courses must have been taken not more than six years prior to the date of application for language verification.
  2. Pass the MLA (Modern Language Assessment) for French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish in the Testing Center with a score indicating standard proficiency. Testing for most other common languages is available through Brigham Young University. Students interested in taking the MLA should first contact the Department of Languages and Literature for instructions and authorization.
  3. Pass a foreign language examination designed by the major department in consultation with the Department of Languages and Literature.

Advanced proficiency assumes a reading-comprehension level expected of a student who has completed two years of college foreign-language instruction or the equivalent. Students may verify advanced proficiency in one of the following ways:

  1. Complete a fourth-semester language course (2020), or equivalent at another institution, with at least a B grade (3.0). Submit a grade report or transcript to the Department of Languages and Literature, 1400 Language and Communication Building, for verification. Courses must have been taken not more than six years prior to the date of application for language verification.
  2. Pass the MLA (Modern Language Assessment) for French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish in the Testing Center with a score indicating advanced proficiency. Testing for most other common languages is available through Brigham Young University. Students interested in taking the MLA should first contact the Department of Languages and Literature for instructions and authorization.
  3. Pass a foreign language examination designed by the major department in consultation with the Department of Languages and Literature.