MA Admissions

Admission to the MA in Language, Literature, and Translation Program (MALLT)

Applicants must pass a qualifying exam in their language pair for admission. For more information and to register for the exam, please see Qualifying Exam.

Applicants must also apply to the MALLT program. Applicants must provide a detailed application statement, three academic letters of recommendation, and official copies of transcripts for previous undergraduate and graduate work. Applicants who completed undergraduate degrees outside the US have additional application requirements. For detailed information about the admissions process for US and International applicants, please see the MALLT Admission Procedures.

Proof of English Proficiency

International applicants and non-native speakers of English must demonstrate English proficiency by presenting one of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree from a US institution, or a non-US English-language institution approved by the UWM Center for International Education. You must have attended this institution for at least two years and achieved an average of B or better.
  • OR
  • Official score reports for either the TOEFL exam (Internet-based format preferred) or the IELTS exam. Please note that the minimum required scores vary depending on your intended area of concentration.

The following minimum total scores are required for admission to the MALLT program with concentration in Translation:

  • TOEFL (3 possible formats): Internet-based (iBT): 83; Computer-based (CBT): 220; or IELTS 6.5.

Application deadlines for the MALLT program are as follows:

  • Fall semester admission – December 15 of previous year
  • Spring semester admission – September 15 of previous semester

If you have missed the application deadline for the semester in which you would like to enroll, you may apply as a Non-Degree Certificate Student. The Non-Degree admission process can be completed within a month, and up to four courses (12 credits) completed as a Non-Degree student may be counted toward the MA upon admission to the degree program. For more information, please contact Lorena Terando (

For information on funding, please visit MALLT’s Graduate Student Funding page.