Department of Modern Languages

The University of Mississippi

Graduate Specializations

French, German, Spanish, Linguistics, and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

With long-standing programs in FrenchGermanSpanish, and TESL, the Department of Modern Languages has recently added Linguistics to its graduate offerings. The Department has a young and dynamic faculty and is a state leader in promoting foreign language teaching, providing many course offerings in culture studies, film, linguistics, and literature. The annual Christopher C. Longest Lecture as well as many talks and workshops throughout the year provide for intellectual stimulation and sharing. The Department of Modern Languages is located in Bondurant Hall, adjacent to the J.D. Williams Library, in the heart of campus.

Playing a vital role in the liberal arts curriculum, the Department of Modern Languages at The University of Mississippi offers superior instruction to undergraduates in eleven foreign languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, ItalianJapanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili) as well as linguistics. The Department of Modern Languages looks favorably on students who study more than one foreign language as an undergraduate or graduate. Undergraduates pursuing a major at UM in French, German or Spanish who wish to take a 500-level course beyond those required for undergraduate study may count the course toward a Master of Arts degree in Modern Languages, if permission is received prior to the course in question. Graduate students in French, German, and Spanish, and occasionally others, will gain teaching experience during their second year.

Through scholarship, industry, and perseverance students attain the high level of professional and academic competence that the faculty in Modern Languages demonstrates. Students with the M.A. in Modern Languages from the University of Mississippi will be ready for a variety of challenging and rewarding careers or to enter a doctoral program. Small classes and frequent professorial contact within its programs make for a close-knit community of students and faculty. The advantages of small academic seminars are complemented by the social, sport, and cultural opportunities of a great American university in a vibrant campus town, not far from the larger cities of Memphis and Tupelo.

The recommended minimum requirements for application include 30 undergraduate hours (or alternate proof of language study or knowledge), the university’s standard for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0. International students are required to meet English levels set by the Graduate School. Please consult the website of the Graduate School for their requirements. International students should also consult he web page of the International Programs Office frequently throughout the process.Requirements for receiving departmental funding are higher and vary annually.

The Department of Modern Languages offers the following kinds of financial assistance: the Price Scholarship, Graduate Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, and Graduate Instructorships, all of which include help with covering the cost of medical insurance.

Students applying to the M.A. program should consult the Modern Languages webpage frequently for the most current information:

Please pay careful attention to where to send each item. In general, a fee, notarized transcripts, standardized test scores, and recommendations should go to the graduate school, whereas the resume and statement of purpose should be directed to the Graduate Program Coordinator in Modern Languages.

Completed applications are due by October 1st and March 1st. Applications will be considered after the deadline on a space-available basis. There is no separate form to apply for departmental aid.

See the Financial Aid Office for additional assistance that may be available. Please see:

For information on financial assistance provided by the Department of Modern Languages, please contact the Chair of the Department. Applicants will be considered only after they have been admitted. Please allow plenty of time after completing your application for you to be considered for aid. International students need to apply the earliest of all in order to complete application and visa requirements. There is no form for financial assistance from the department.

Chair, Department of Modern Languages, and Contact for financial aid:
Dr. Daniel O’Sullivan
(662) 915-7298

Graduate Program Coordinator for French, German, and Spanish:
Dr. Chris Sapp
(662) 915-7664

Graduate Director for TESL:
Dr. Tamara
Phone: 662-915-5029
213 Howry


For Further Information:
Department of Modern Languages
The University of Mississippi
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848 USA
Phone: (662) 915-7298
Fax: (662) 915-1086