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Requirements

  1. A copy of your curriculum vitae or a current résumé should be attached to the online application.
  2. Official transcripts, indicating a completed course of study equivalent to that required for a bachelor's degree at an accredited institution, are required before an admissions decision can be made. If more than one college or university was attended on the way toward the baccalaureate degree, then transcripts from those institutions must also be submitted. A minimum B average in all undergraduate work is required, though the admissions committee does allow that significant life and/or work achievements may compensate for a lower grade point average. Transcripts can be sent either through the postal service or via secure electronic delivery. In order to be considered official, transcripts and other documents must come directly from the institution attended. Some institutions provide secure electronic delivery of manuscripts. Such submissions may be made to cdm@vanderbilt.edu. Transcripts sent through the postal service should be addressed as follows:

    CDM
    PMB 407833
    2301 Vanderbilt Place
    Nashville, TN  37240-7833

Please do not have transcripts sent directly to the MLAS program.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required. In the online application, you may enter in all boxes "N/A, or "Not Applicable." If you have GRE scores, feel free to enter them. At any rate, it is important to enter something in the GRE boxes for your application to be complete.

Since proficiency in a second language is not required, you may enter either "Not Specified/Other" in the box or you may enter your language and proficiency, if appropriate. Again, it is important to enter something in the language box for your application to be complete.

  1. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with you as a professional or as a student and who can speak to your qualifications are also required.
  2. The Statement of Purpose, which can be appended to the online application, is a 250-word essay that (1) describes your intellectual interests; (2) addresses how you would add to the MLAS classroom experience; and (3) speaks to your expectations of the program.
  3. The final step of the application process is a required interview with the MLAS Director, Dean Carrie Russell. After reviewing your application, Dean Russell will get in touch with you to schedule an interview.