WLL Master of Arts - FAQs
How do I apply for the MA program or for a GTAship?
Two applications are necessary to enter the MA program: an application to be admitted to the university, and an application to the MA program(s) of your choice. Application for the GTAship is an option within the MA program application.
How long is the degree?
Full-time students typically complete the degree in two years. Half time students can complete the degree in three to four years, depending on their summer coursework.
This is a rigorous degree; it is not feasible to complete the degree in less than two years.
When can I start the MA program?
You can apply to the French, German, or Japanese MA at any time. Call (503) 725-3522 and ask for the Graduate Admissions Coordinator to find out how soon you can start.
You can apply to the Spanish program in February or March. Students are admitted for the Fall term and GTAships begin Fall term. For more information, call (503) 725-3522 and ask for the Graduate Admissions Coordinator.
When are the application deadlines?
Call the Graduate Admissions Coordinator at (503) 725-3522 to find out how soon you can start the French, German, or Japanese program. Applications to the Spanish program are due April 1. Students are admitted for the Fall term and GTAships begin Fall term.
Is financial support available?
Yes. The most common form of support is the GTAship (Graduate Teaching Assistantship). GTAs receive a full tuition waiver and a stipend of $2200 - $3500 per term. There are three terms in the academic year (Sep-Dec, Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun). The tuition waiver is for in-state, out-of-state, and international students. You would only need to pay student fees. Fees can be found at: http://www.pdx.edu/financial-services/tuition-fees. There are a growing number of scholarships available. Here are some helpful links:
- PSU’s general scholarship site: http://www.pdx.edu/scholarships/
- PSU’s scholarship database: https://www.sa.pdx.edu/scholarships/ —very easy to use!
- PSU’s online scholarship application page: https://portlandstate.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com
- There are also graduate student loans. PSU’s Financial Aid website: http://www.pdx.edu/finaid/
What is a GTAship?
Applicants to the MA programs may also ask to be a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). GTAs are trained by faculty to teach 100- and 200-level language classes, and teach classes during the academic year. GTAs receive a full tuition waiver and a stipend of $2200 - $3500 per term. The exact amount of the stipend will be specified to you in writing, usually in May.
There are three terms in the academic year (Sep-Dec, Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun). The tuition waiver is for in-state, out-of-state, and international students. You would only need to pay student fees. Fees can be found at: http://www.pdx.edu/financial-services/tuition-fees.
To apply for a GTAship, just check the GTAship box on your application to the MA program.
How much does the program cost?
The degree requires 45 graduate units, usually 8-9 units per term for two years. Most students also work as a GTA and therefore do not have to pay tuition. All students do have to pay student fees. The tuition and fee schedule is available at: http://www.pdx.edu/financial-services/tuition-fees
What are the other students like?
There are usually 18-25 Master’s students at a time. Most of our students are from the United States. A third are international students from Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. We have also had students from El Salvador, Serbia, Albania, Lebanon, and Kenya. Some of our students want a doctorate, and have been admitted to outstanding doctoral programs. Most get a Master’s to prepare for teaching. A few are already teaching in local schools and have returned to school for a Master’s degree.
For more information on WLL's Graduate Programs, call (503) 725-3522 and ask for the Graduate Admissions Coordinator