Proficiency Requirements

Proficiency Requirements

Candidates for many of the graduate degrees are expected to demonstrate proficiency in a skill required for research or practice in the field. These may include one or more of foreign language, computer science, statistics, or the use of technology. Please see the programs for specific information on these requirements.

Foreign Language. Reading knowledge of a foreign language may be required. Two years of successful college study in a language will meet the requirements. Students who have not completed two years of college credit must take a language examination, and should apply for the language examination directly to the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures not later than three weeks before the date the examination is scheduled. The departmental chair will submit a report of the student's performance to the Graduate School. The Dean of the Graduate School will inform the student and the student's advisor by campus email whether the student has passed the examination.

Computer Science, Statistics. Students required to demonstrate proficiency in one of these areas should consult the departmental chairs in the Department of Computer Science or the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Typically, completing coursework in the area will satisfy proficiency.

Use of Technology. Students required to demonstrate proficiency in the use of technology should consult their program director for information.