Admission Requirements for Master's Programs
To be considered for admission into the Master of Arts program, a student must provide the following:
- An official transcript evidencing completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education. A GPA of 3.0 or better is preferred.
- Acceptable scores in the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Also acceptable are GRE and GMAT results. Arrangements to take the MAT may be made with the Counseling Center at La Salle University. Please call 215.951.1355. This requirement may be waived for those applicants that already hold an advanced degree. This requirement may also be waived for those applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better. Proof of an advanced degree will be required (official transcript).
- Two letters of recommendation from former professors or current supervisors who can address the candidate’s ability and motivation for successfully completing a graduate degree.
- A copy of the applicant’s professional résumé.
- The completed Application for Admission.
Please refer to the University’s Nondiscrimination Policy in the General Reference section of this catalog. Admission is based solely upon applicant’s qualifications.
Please note: online applications for admission may be filed by accessing La Salle's website: www.lasalle.edu
Additionally, for M.A. in TESOL:
- The applicant must submit a 500- to a 1,000-word essay stating why he/ she is interested in the program and what are his/her goals related to this program including those related to career, research, and academic accomplishments.
- For students whose native language is not English and who do not hold a degree from a U.S. Institution, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. TOEFL scores must be less than two years old to be considered. Only official documents of this exam will be accepted. Students need to score a minimum of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based) with a minimum of a 20 in the IBT speaking section. In lieu of the TOEFL, the minimum acceptable composite score for the IELTS is 7. In addition to this testing requirement and a review of undergraduate academic transcripts, a personal interview is required.
Additionally, for M.A. in Translation and Interpretation:
Evidence of an advanced level in Spanish. This may be determined in a variety of ways and will be left to the discretion of the Program Director. Some typical indicators are as follows:
- as an undergraduate, a Spanish major, minor, or double major with a GPA in Spanish above 3.0;
- working experience as a translator/interpreter; bilingual competency despite the lack of academic credits specifically in language courses;
- successful completion (evidenced by official transcript) of studies in a Spanish-speaking country at the university level (grading system will be comparable, and the level expected is "notable" or higher, equilvalent to a B or higher);
- demonstrated language skills with Spanish and English as determined, through an interview, by the Director of the program. All students will be interviewed by the Director, the Graduate Academic Adviser, or both for language assessment purposes. Inability to show sufficient linguistic competency with the English/Spanish language pair will result in a "no admission" decision irrespective of academic achievement up to that point.
It is preferable (but not required) that candidates for admission to the M.A. in Translation and Interpretation have done some kind of work, voluntary or compensated, in a setting involving intercultural interaction. Typical kinds of experience are community-oriented outreach, hospital volunteering, an undergraduate internship at a place where Spanish is spoken or written as part of the normal routine, or part/full-time work in a school, business, law firm, or clinic/hospital where Spanish was used routinely by the applicant.
The program is also intended to serve working professionals who may have already had formal experience in one of the areas of specialization (legal, health care, or business Spanish). For these individuals, the letters of recommendation required should come from past or present employers.
To request an application package, contact the Graduate Academic Adviser, Ms. Guadalupe Da Costa Montesinos, via e-mail at email@example.com, by phone at 215.991.3592, by fax at 215.991.3546, or by mail at La Salle University, 1900 West Olney Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19141.
Candidates may also contact the Director, Dr. Carmen E. Lamas directly via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 215.951.1209.
To submit a completed paper application please include the $35 application fee (personal check/ money order), and mail it to the following:
Dr. Carmen E. Lamas
The Hispanic Institute/Box 247
La Salle University
1900 W. Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141