5-year BS/MS in Applied Language and Intercultural Studies

A unique opportunity for Georgia Tech BS-ALIS students

Jump-start a bilingual career by completing a master's degree in just two semesters. BS-ALIS students in Spanish, French, or German can continue their studies and complete the MS-ALIS in two semesters instead of three. BS-ALIS students double-count 6 credits toward both degrees and complete an additional 24 credits of 6000-level coursework to graduate with a combined BS/MS-ALIS degree. 

Apply 18 months prior to graduation to enter the program.  
Contact Professor Juan Carlos Rodriguez, ML Director of Graduate Studies, to begin the process.


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Application fees are waived for current Georgia Tech students.


About the Program

The 5-year BS/MS-ALIS allows students majoring in Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (ALIS) to continue their studies to gain an advanced degree that qualifies them for leadership positions in a variety of careers--including management, international business, globally oriented design and engineering, and communications.

Students participating in this program can count up to 6 credit hours of graduate-level coursework for both degrees (the Graduate Course Option). BS/MS-ALIS Students enroll in SPAN 6500 Intercultural Seminar in their final BS semester, as both the BS-ALIS Capstone and MS-ALIS core course. 

Currently, students must be enrolled in the BS-ALIS degree to apply for the 5-year BS/MS. Eligibility for students enrolled in BS-IAML and BS-GEML is underway. BS-ALIS majors may apply to complete an MS-ALIS in Spanish even if their BS-ALIS concentration is in a language other than Spanish, provided they meet the application requirements (including proficiency in Spanish).

Application Requirements

  1. Recommendation by two faculty members in the School of Modern Languages

  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher in all BS-ALIS Spanish coursework

  3. Spanish Oral proficiency of least Intermediate High according to the standards set by the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Please monitor this website for details about obtaining proficiency assessments.

  4. Application materials as specified for MS-ALIS Admissions

Application Deadline: Rolling, 18 months prior to graduation

Students must apply for the MS-ALIS at least two academic semesters (Fall & Spring) before their anticipated graduation date, so they can be accepted and enroll in SPAN 6500 (Intercultural Seminar), which serves as both the BS-ALIS capstone and an MS-ALIS core course, in the spring of their final year of BS-level study.