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 desireable.
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 note: online applications for admission may be filed by accessing La Salle's website: www.lasalle.edu
- The applicant must submit a 500-1,000 words essay stating why he/ she is interested in the program and what are his/her goals related to this program including those goals 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.
- 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 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); and finally, 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.
To request an application package, contact the Graduate Academic Adviser, Ms. Guadalupe Da Costa Montesinos, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com 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