MA/PhD Degree Requirements: Language Requirement


  • Language proficiency can be fulfilled up to three years prior to entering Graduate School at the University of Washington.
  • Language proficiency must be approved prior to beginning the PhD exams.

Intermediate-level reading competency in a language other than modern or Middle English.

What Counts:

  • A 3.0 or higher in the final course of a second-year college-level course sequence (or more advanced), taken within three years prior to entrance; or
  • Approved professional verification of native-speaker reading ability in another language; or
  • A passing score on a language exam administered by the University of Washington Office of Educational Assessment; or
  • Completion of Advanced Old English language and literature (Engl 513) with a grade of 3.0 or better.
  • Comparable alternatives (e.g., study abroad or summer immersion program) approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.

All credits earned in fulfilling the language requirement by coursework at the 100-400-level are in addition to the graduate credits required for the degree.

The PhD Supervisory Committee may set an additional language requirement if this is judged necessary for the particular specialization.