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Linguistics and Language Development Department

Graduate Programs

Requirements for Admission to Conditionally Classified Standing

Students holding an accredited baccalaureate degree and who otherwise satisfy the graduate level admissions requirements of San José State University (in the case of students with baccalaureate degrees from a university where English is not the principal language of instruction the minimum score of 577, computer score of 233, or internet based score of 90 on the TOEFL or 7.0 on IELTS) are eligible for admission as conditionally classified students. Students must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units.

Requirements for Admission to Classified Standing

Students are eligible for admission as classified graduate students if they hold an accredited baccalaureate degree and otherwise satisfy the graduate level admissions requirements for San José State University (in the case of students with baccalaureate degrees from a university where English is not the principal language of instruction, this includes a minimum score of 577, 233 on the computerized version, or 90 on the Intenet based version on the TOEFL or 7.0 on IELTS). In addition, students in the MA Linguistics program are eligible for admission as classified graduate students if they have completed at least nine semester units of acceptable work in linguistics equivalent to San José State University's Introduction to Linguistics (LING 101), Introduction to Phonetics (LING 111), and Introduction to Syntax (LING 112) with a grade of "B" or better in each of these three classes. For students in the MA TESOL program, two courses are prerequisite for admission to classified standing: Introduction to Linguistics (LING 101), and Patterns of English (LING 107), which must be completed with a grade of "B" or better in each.

Students admitted as conditionally classified may complete the requirements for classified standing after admission to the program; however a "B" grade must be achieved in all prerequisite courses. Additionally, the granting of classified standing is subject to the coordinator's review of the conditionally classified student's work.

Requirements for Admission to Candidacy

The requirements for admission to candidacy for the Master of Arts degree in Linguistics or TESOL are those established by the university and the department. For the MA - Linguistics this includes demonstrated proficiency in any language, including English, other than the native language. This requirement may be met by successful completion of the second year of college level courses (or their equivalent) of an Indo-European language or the first year of a non-Indo-European language. For the MA - TESOL this includes demonstrated proficiency in any language, including English, other than the native language. This requirement may be met by successful completion of the first year of college level courses (or their equivalent e.g., ACTFL opi level novice high) in a foreign language. For information see the Academic Requirements section of this catalog.

University English Competency Requirement

The University requires that all graduate students complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) as a condition for advancement to candidacy. Please refer to the SJSU catalog section titled "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" for details. For graduate courses that meet the GWAR, please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluation website at www.sjsu.edu/gape/index.html.