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English Language Proficiency

English Proficiency for Applicants

International applicants and applicants who are non-native English speakers must demonstrate proficiency in English to the Graduate School and the Department by one of the following three methods:

1. Submit an acceptable score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination, currently offered in paper-based (written) or internet-based formats. A minimum score of 575 (paper) or 88 (internet) is required.

2. Submit an acceptable score from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination. The minimum IELTS (academic module) overall band score for graduate admission is 7.0.

3. Submit degree transcripts proving that you have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited US institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.

For more information on this requirement, please review Graduate School policy at this link: Non-native English Speakers.


Graduate Employment (GE): Please note that these options only clear your English language proficiency requirement for the degree program. If you are awarded a GE position, you will still need to provide proof of English language *spoken* proficiency. As a GE, if you do not submit TOEFL or IELTS scores in the application process for the department, then you will be required to take an English language speaking proficiency test (SPEAK Test) during the mandatory Romance Languages orientation week at the beginning of the academic year. To avoid having to take this test, please submit scores for the TOEFL or the IELTS spoken portions. Passing scores for these tests can be found at these links: GE English Language Requirement; SPEAK Test Information.