All students in the MA program are expected to have undergone a significant amount of second or foreign language learning. Students who have not had such experience before entering the program are required to take at least one semester of language study, which does not count towards the 36-credit MA.
Students who have completed two or more years of a foreign language at the college or university level within three years of being accepted into the program are exempted from this requirement. Students who have recently used a foreign/second language extensively, especially those who have resided in the country where the language is spoken, may be exempted from this requirement after filing a petition.
Non-native speakers of English are automatically exempted, and there may be other circumstances which will qualify students for exemption.