B.S./M.S. Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (5 years)

Georgia Tech undergraduate students majoring in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (ALIS) can gain an advanced degree in only two additional semesters, which qualifies them for leadership roles in a variety of careers – including management, international business, globally oriented design and engineering, and communications. B.S. ALIS students can double-count 6 credit hours and complete 24 credits of 6000-level coursework to graduate with a combined B.S./M.S. ALIS degree in two semesters.

The Master of Science in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (M.S. ALIS) is one of the first professional master’s degrees in foreign language and cultural studies in the United States with concentrations in French, German, and Spanish. In addition to rigorous training in advanced-level language and cross-cultural communication, students have the opportunity to go abroad to study, do research, and complete for-credit internships. Students graduate with a professional portfolio in the language of concentration, positioning them to pursue a range of internationally oriented career paths.


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Applicants must be enrolled in the B.S. ALIS degree to apply for the 5-year B.S./M.S. 

B.S. ALIS majors may apply to complete an M.S. ALIS in a language that is different from their B.S. ALIS concentration, provided they meet the application requirements (including proficiency in the focus language).

The Graduate Course Option is an option available to all Georgia Tech students to double-count 6 credit hours of their undergraduate degree toward graduate degree requirements. Learn more about the Graduate Course Option.

Application Requirements

  1. Recommendation by two faculty members in the School of Modern Languages
  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher in all BS-ALIS language coursework
  3. Intermediate High proficiency in the focus language according to the standards set by the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
  4. Application materials as specified for MS-ALIS Admissions

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but students should apply 18 months prior to their anticipated graduation date.

Students must apply for the M.S. ALIS at least two academic semesters (Fall & Spring) before their anticipated graduation date, so they can be accepted and enroll in SPAN 6500 (Intercultural Seminar), which serves as both the B.S. ALIS capstone and an M.S. ALIS core course, in the spring of their final year of B.S.-level study.


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