Masters in Romance Languages
Are you an accredited program?
Our university is fully accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).
What are the minimum requirements for admission to the program?
A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 plus 15 undergraduate credit hours in French or Spanish at the 3000-level or above. The French or Spanish coursework must also carry a minimum GPA of 3.0.
How do I apply to the program? Is there an application fee?
Please go to the link below, create an account with a username and password, and fill out the application. The application fee is $40 (USD).
When are the upcoming deadlines?
For Summer term, please apply by May 1. For Fall semester, please apply by July 1. For Spring semester, please apply by November 15.
Deadlines and other pertinent information may also be found at the following link:
Do I need to take the GRE, or submit letters of recommendation, a resumé, or a Statement of Purpose?
We do not require letters of recommendation, a resume, or the GRE for either option of the M.A. in Romance Languages – French or Spanish. But we do require a one to two-page double-spaced Statement of Purpose in the target language (French or Spanish, depending on your option). Please upload the Statement of Purpose directly into the application form.
What documents do I have to send besides the application form?
A copy of official transcripts. Please send them to the following address:
Mailing address for U.S. Transcripts: Transcripts
Mailing address for non-U.S. Transcripts: International Center, Room 110, 2000 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA 70148
Some U.S. institutions do not send transcripts electronically. If that is the case, they should be mailed to:
University of New Orleans
Privateer Enrollment Center
105 Earl K. Long Library
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148
If you are an international student and your education was completed outside of the U.S. or another recognized English-speaking country (e.g. Australia, Belize, Canada, Jamaica, U.K.), you will need to provide proof of English proficiency. The following are measures of English proficiency currently accepted by the Graduate School:
TOEFL: Internet-based test score of 79 total or Computer-based test score of 550:
IELTS: overall band score of 6.5:
PTE: Academic score of 58:
Satisfactory completion of the Intensive English Language Program at UNO: IELP
What if I just want to take some courses but do not want to complete the degree? Can I do that?
Yes. You will need to apply to the program as a non-degree seeking student. In this case, we do not need your statement of purpose, only the other three components of your application: (application form, $40 application fee, and official transcripts).
How many courses and credit hours are required for the M.A.?
- 11 courses or 33 hours for students of the non-thesis option.
- 10 courses or 30 hours for students of the thesis option. Note: the thesis option is not currently available.
At the end of your coursework, at least six (6) of your courses must be at the 6000-level as opposed to the 5000-level.
Do you allow electives?
Yes. 2 courses (6 credit hours) may be taken in another department provided they are graduate courses at the 5000 or 6000 level.
Is there a specific number of classes I must take every semester?
- Full-time enrollment (9 credit hours or 3 courses) is required for Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships.
- If you receive financial aid in the form of federal loans, you must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours (6 hours or 2 courses).
- If you do not receive financial aid, you are free to take as many or as few classes as you wish. Most students take a maximum of three classes per semester and one class in the summer.
- If you have completed part of the program, but have not taken classes for a period of a year or more, you will have to re-apply for admission.
Do you transfer courses from another institution?
Yes. We can transfer up to three courses (9 or 12 credit hours) provided they are at the graduate level. You must complete 9 credits (3 courses) in our program before we will transfer the credits.
Do I need to be fluent in the target language?
Pretty much. Most of the graduate classes with the prefix FREN or SPAN are taught entirely in the target language. ROML classes, because they are cross-listed, are usually taught in English.
Can I mix online and on-site classes?
Absolutely. Your coursework may be entirely online or a combination of both online and on-site. For instance, some of our local students take electives on the UNO campus and occasionally we offer on-site courses in our program.
How are the online courses taught?
Through a system called Moodle. It is similar to Blackboard and is relatively user-friendly and intuitive. You do not have to be particularly skilled in technology to use it. See the following link for an introduction to Moodle: https://www.uno.edu/cti/moodle/students
How do I take the MA Comprehensive Exam online?
Our MA students who live outside the state of Louisiana may opt to come to campus to take the MA Comprehensive Examination or they may opt to use UNO’s partner in online testing. To assist faculty in verifying student identity in online courses, the University of New Orleans partners with Proctor U, a nationally-recognized leader in online exam proctoring services. Proctor U provides a convenient, affordable, and secure way for students to complete exams from any location using a computer, webcam, and reliable internet connection.
Pricing for Proctor U
- $8.75 for exams up to 30 minutes
- $17.50 for exams from 31 up to 60 minutes
- $25.00 for exams from 61 up to 120 minutes
- $33.75 for exams from 121 up to 180 minutes
- $42.50 for exams beyond 180 minutes
For more information on using Proctor U, please click on the following link and/or see page 14 in the M.A. Program in the Graduate Student Handbook
How do I take the MA Comprehensive Oral Exam online?
Our MA students who live outside the state of Louisiana may opt to come to campus to take the MA Comprehensive Examination or they may opt to set up a Skype or Zoom appointment in order to do the oral exam. See pages 12-15 in the Graduate Student Handbook.
What is the cost of the M.A.?
All the relevant information, including an estimated cost of attendance, can be found on the UNO homepage. Click on “Admissions” then “Tuition and Fees.”
International students (who do not have a Graduate Assistantship and are not CODOFIL students) are assessed non-resident fee, tuition, registration fees, and international fee (and also insurance if they do not have their own).
IMPORTANT NOTE: As an added bonus of being an online student with us, you will pay in-state tuition (even if you live out-of-state) as long as you remain a 100% online student. In other words, there is a non-resident fee exemption for students who live out-of-state but are enrolled in an online program.
Are there Teaching Assistantships available?
Yes. We offer a limited number in French and Spanish on a competitive basis. Our T.A.-ships include a tuition waiver for fall and spring semesters only (not for summer session) and carry a stipend. They entail teaching on-campus courses only, not online courses. Hence, they are granted to local students only. In order to be eligible, you must have completed at least 18 hours of graduate work in the discipline that you would like to teach. T.A.s teach one or two courses of first or second-semester (1001 or 1002) French or Spanish. To obtain an application form, click the link below or request one by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a special waiver for CODOFIL (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) teachers who want to become students in our program?
Yes. CODOFIL teachers receive a tuition waiver, but are still responsible for fees. In order to receive your tuition waiver, the bursar’s office will need a copy of your appointment letter. Please scan it and send it to them at: email@example.com.
Here is more on CODOFIL from the Financial Aid section of the University Catalog:
CODOFIL exemptions for tuition and nonresident fees are available to those students who are certified as eligible by the Director of the CODOFIL program in accordance with the UL System guidelines.
Is there an exemption of tuition and registration and fee waivers for Foreign Associate Teachers of Spanish in Louisiana?
Yes. Foreign Associate Teachers of Spanish receive an exemption of tuition and registration fees for graduate programs authorized by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and administered by the Louisiana Department of Education. In order to receive your tuition waiver, the bursar's office will need a copy of your appointment letter from the Louisiana Department of Education. Please scan it and send it to them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a special waiver for Lifelong Learner students?
Yes. The same applies to them as to CODOFIL students (see above), but they also get a waiver for their application fee. McNair Scholars (mcnairscholars.com) also obtain a waiver for their application fee.
Here is more on the Lifelong Learner Program from the University Catalog:
This program is designed for students aged 65 and older to attend courses at UNO tuition-free. To be eligible for this program, students must complete the application and enrollment process by the posted deadlines published on the Important Dates Calendar maintained on the University Registrar's website. The tuition is waived automatically through the Office of the Bursar. The cost of textbooks and standard university fees are not included in the tuition exemption.
Is financial aid other than T.A.-ships available?
I've been admitted! Now what?
I’ve been admitted to the program. What do I do next?
The following link gives you a checklist to help you set up an e-mail account, pay fees, and submit the immunization form. The new student orientation is optional for graduate students.
To submit the immunization waiver, click “Student Health Services” then “immunization waiver.” Log in with your UNO username and password. Fill out the form then click “submit.”
How do I choose which courses to take?
On our web page, we post the document “Advanced Course Offerings” (in October for spring, in March for summer and fall) in the link below. Here, you should read the descriptions of all the graduate courses (5000-level and 6000-level courses) that are offered in your option.
I am trying to register but there is a block on my registration. Why?
It can be one of four reasons:
- You did not provide proof of immunization or petition for a waiver. Please see the waiver instructions under the question "I've been admitted to the program. What do I do next?"
- You did not provide your official transcripts.
- You have outstanding debts from a previous semester at UNO.
- You are trying to register for a course such as a Directed Study. These courses require special permission from the instructor before you can register. You should email the instructor to obtain permission, then contact the Graduate Coordinator to have the registration block removed.
If I am a non-degree seeking student, can I change my status to degree-seeking?
Yes. After you prove yourself by taking four courses is our program and maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA, you may re-apply to the program as a degree-seeking student. This time, you will need to attach your statement of purpose (in the target language) to the application. The four courses that you took as a non-degree seeking student will count toward the eleven courses needed for your degree.
What does the M.A. comprehensive exam consist of?
You will need to choose a committee of three professors and four areas of specialization. Please refer to pages 12-15 of the “Graduate Student Handbook” on our web page at the following links. You are advised to download and study the Handbook as well as the Reading List pertinent to your option, French or Spanish:
How do I meet the language proficiency requirement in the second language?
There are several different ways. See page 8 of the Graduate Student Handbook in the link below. If you choose to fulfill the requirement by examination, please contact Dr. García-Castellón at email@example.com. If you choose to fulfill the requirement by taking undergraduate language courses, you will need the Coordinator of Foreign Languages, Dr. Bourderionnet, to remove the block for you so that you may enroll in an undergraduate course. Please e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org with your student number and the desired course and section number so that he may remove the block.
Is there life after graduation?
As a matter of fact, there is. Our program has graduated many excellent alumni who currently occupy teaching, administrative, and leadership positions in institutions of learning such as Dillard, Loyola, Tulane, Xavier, Delgado Community College, The International School of Louisiana, and many other high schools and middle schools. In addition, many of our alumni have pursued or are currently pursuing their PhD at prestigious universities such as UT Austin, UT Knoxville, Emory, UC Davis, NYU, Brown, University of Iowa, Indiana University, UG Athens, Tulane, LSU, and ULL. Most of them were offered assistantships and/or scholarships.