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Graduate Study in MFLL


Welcome to UT's graduate program in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures. We offer the MA in French, German, and Spanish and the PhD in Modern Foreign Languages. Our PhD program offers three primary concentrations: French, German, and Spanish with secondary concentrations in either a second language (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish), Applied Linguistics or Latin American Studies.

We promote an area studies approach (French and Francophone, Germanic, Hispanic) with offerings in literature, film, translation, and gender/ethnic studies. We also provide opportunities to teach and assist with summer study abroad programs in France, Germany, Spain, and Costa Rica.

UT's graduate students have access to a nationally and internationally recognized graduate faculty as well as a superb research library. They also benefit from the graduate certificates below, offered through affiliated programs.

Students have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on advanced research, to teach and design undergraduate courses, and to participate in Vernacular, our peer-reviewed graduate student journal, as well as in a range of foreign-languages community activities. Our students regularly present their work at major conferences and publish in refereed journals, and our graduates teach in universities and colleges across the United States.

We offer financial support for MA and PhD candidates, including (contingent on application) funding for travel to conferences for presentation of scholarly papers and posters. MA students who receive support are funded for two years, while PhD students are funded for a maximum of five years. GTA stipends are competitive and generally range between $15,900-$18,780 for a 9-month contract. Tuition fee waiver  (with a value up to $31,000/year) and full medical insurance are included. NOTE: If you would like to be considered for a GTA stipend, there is a simple procedure: just answer "Yes" in the relevant section of the application and answer the corresponding questions. 

International Applicants

International applicants are required to submit additional documentation for issuance of the I-20. As a result the following deadlines are required:

Term Application Deadline File Completion Deadline*
Fall February 1 May 15
Spring June 15 October 1
Summer October 15 February 15
* File Completion Deadline means that by the date listed, admission must be granted and copies of passport, financial documentation and degree confirmations must be received by this date.

For general inquiries about our graduate programs, please contact:
Mary McAlpin, MFLL Director of Graduate Studies:

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