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Students may apply for both the MS-GMC and MS-ALIS. Students can request an application fee waiver for the second program to which they apply. 


MS-GMC Application Requirements

  • Statement of Purpose (4000 characters)
  • Official Transcripts from B.A./B.S. degree
  • 2 Letters of recommendation (contact info)
  • Government issued ID
  • Cumulative GPA 3.0+
  • TOEFL score (international students)
  • Intermediate-mid level proficiency in the language of focus (ACTFL standards)
  • Language Proficiency Interview (post-submission, see below)
  • $75 application fee

MS-ALIS and BS/MS-ALIS Application Requirements

  • Statement of Purpose (4000 characters)
  • Official Transcripts from B.A./B.S. degree
  • 2 Letters of recommendation (contact info)
  • Government issued ID
  • Cumulative GPA 3.0+
  • TOEFL score (international students)
  • Intermediate-high level proficiency in the language of focus (ACTFL standards)
  • Minimum GPA 3.0 in the language of focus
  • Language Proficiency Interview (post-submission, see below)
  • $75 application fee (waived for BS/MS-ALIS applicants)

Optional Supplementary Materials

The absence of optional materials will not adversely affect your application.

  • Language proficiency records: Language proficiency will be evaluated via online interview after submission, but you are free to add additional test scores if pertinent.
  • Portfolio Sample: You may upload material to provide additional context for the committee, such as a writing sample or multimedia link.
  • GRE Scores: GRE scores are not required for these programs.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Accredited Bachelor's Degree
  • Cumulative GPA 3.0
  • TOEFL score 90+ (international students)
  • MS-GMC:  Intermediate-mid level proficiency in the language of focus
  • MS-ALIS:  Intermediate-high level of proficiency in Spanish
  • MS-ALIS only:  3.0 GPA in Spanish

Students may be enrolled in a degree program at another university while also being enrolled in this program.

Language Proficiency Interview (online after submission)

person completing a video interviewLanguage Proficiency will be evaluated via self-paced online interview after applications have been submitted. You will receive an email prompt from Georgia Tech Admissions, which will allow you to log in to complete the video interview. Interviews include questions in the target language and in English and are suitable to be completed by both language learners and native speakers. They should take approximately 15 minutes to complete and do not require advance preparation. Interviews are an opportunity to showcase your abilities in both English and the Target Languages. 


Additional Information

Statement of Purpose (Required):  Describe what makes you suited to this program. What training/education do you have in this area? What particular abilities or skill-sets do you possess? What topics or questions are you particularly interested in investigating during the degree? How does this degree fit into your overall professional and academic goals? Maximum of 4000 characters (pasted directly into a text box online). Click here for our tips on Writing a Strong Statement of Purpose.

Language Proficiency Information (Optional):  After submission, all applicants will be invited to complete an online video interview after the application has been submitted, but you may choose to provide additional information about previous tests or other assessments you have completed.

Portfolio Sample (Optional): If you would like to share any materials from previous courses that can demonstrate your experience with global studies, media, writing, communication, cross-cultural analysis, or other areas related to your graduate and professional goals, you may upload them in Supplementary materials. These may include a writing sample in English (10-20 pg), a writing sample in the target language (5-10 pg), or a multimedia sample. Video essays may be submitted as links in your document.

Letters of Recommendation (2 required):  The application will request contact information for two letters of recommendation.  Please submit names and email addresses for these individuals.  They will be contacted with a prompt to upload their materials.  It is a good idea to give recommenders at least two weeks to submit their letters, so we suggest getting started early to create your account and submit recommenders' contact information.

Letters of recommendation should be 1-2 pages, written by a teacher, adviser, or employer who can provide a broad evaluation of the applicant's academic potential, motivations, and interests.  One letter should come from a language instructor or an individual who can directly address the applicant's language skills; the other does not need to do so.


Funding Information

Graduate Assistantships

The Graduate Program is pleased to offer a number of graduate assistantships to outstanding students on a competitive basis, through support by the School of Modern Languages and School of Literature, Media, and Communication. Packages will be awarded across language concentrations and may include tuition support and a monthly stipend. All applicants to the MS-GMC will automatically be considered for these awards. Visit our Funding for M.S. Study page for more information. 

FLAS Fellowships

FLAS fellowships are also available for M.S. candidates through the Atlanta Global Studies Center. Open to all language concentrations with an emphasis on less commonly taught critical languages. Deadline February 1.

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