Why pursue a Master's degree in French, German, or Spanish at UW?
- Personal attention. Faculty at most U.S.
institutions are fairly similar in terms of their preparation to become
teachers. What distinguishes our faculty is the small size of the
graduate programs, which allows one-on-one mentorship of graduate
students. The intimate scale of the Department of Modern and Classical
Languages facilitates access to all faculty, and students really get to
know their professors. You may not like the sound of this, but our
graduate programs are small enough that most faculty require multiple
drafts of term papers. We coach students to success, one office visit
and one assignment at a time.
- Collegial atmosphere. The ambiance of our graduate
programs is relaxed. Graduate programs are stressful by nature, but our
M.A. in French, German, or Spanish reduces the tension by encouraging a
friendly ambiance. You'll find that our Graduate Teaching Assistants
spend time together outside of their official duties and develop
lifelong friendships among themselves and with their professors. Our
programs mix international and U.S. students, and as you can see from
the photos on Facebook, they have a great time together.
- Dual focus. For graduate students who are also
Teaching Assistants, the Department requires a dual focus on pedagogy as
well as research. Other programs stress graduate students' coursework
over teaching, but at UW we believe that excellent graduate students
should also be excellent instructors. We will never tell you to spend
less time preparing your classes, or that teaching doesn't matter. In
fact, we will observe your classes if you invite us and trade teaching
- Platform for the Ph.D. We send our M.A. students to
some of the best doctoral programs in the U.S. Nothing educates like
switching systems, and the change from working with the professors at UW
to working with "new" faculty at a Ph.D. program will benefit you in
ways that no single program can manage. For students who do not wish to
continue with the Ph.D., the range of alternative opportunities is
simply too large to list here. We have awarded M.A. degrees to people
who went on to become everything from lawyers to dentists, and from
school teachers to government workers. The horizons are always wide for
Modern and Classical M.A. students.
Prospective Graduate Students can apply online by clicking here. You can also download the following forms to go with your application packet:
- Recommendation in Support of an Application to Grad School: [PDF] [DOC]
- Application for Graduate Assistantship: [PDF] [DOC]
International students should check the International Graduate Student Applicants page for more specific information.
Additional links for all prospective graduate students: