The Master's Degree Program in Spanish

Deadlines to apply for Fall Admission, February 1, for Spring Admission, October 1.

To be considered for admission to the M.A. program in Spanish a student must:

  • Hold a Bachelor's degree in Spanish Literature(s), or equivalent is strongly recommended.
  • Have a 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work.
  • Have excellent proficiency in spoken and written Spanish.

Applicants who hold a B.A. in Spanish but do not have the requisite 3.0 grade point average may be admitted on probation for one semester, provided they have at least a 2.75 grade point average.

Course work in fields other than Spanish literature (for example, Master's or doctoral work in education) will not be applied to the graduate degree in Spanish.

Applicants who have not fulfilled the following undergraduate requirements must do so in the course of their graduate program: one college level course in Latin-American/Spanish History.

Admission in all cases will be determined by the Spanish faculty.


Students in the non-thesis program must complete thirty-two hours of acceptable graduate-level course work (including the courses specifically required) and receive a passing grade on the final comprehensive examination.


Requirements for the thesis program are thirty hours, which include twenty-four hours of acceptable graduate-level course work (including the courses specifically required) and 6 hours of thesis credits (maximum), a thesis, and a passing grade on a final comprehensive examination that consists of two separate exams.

A total, not to exceed six hours on the 4000-level, is allowed as part of the MA major as long as the courses are preceded by a "G" in the General Course Catalog.

Requirements for the MA in Spanish

The following courses are required for the M.A. in Spanish:

  • Spanish 5713, History of the Spanish Language (offered Fall semester only)
  • MLLL 5073, Contemporary Literary Criticism (offered Spring semester only)

All Graduate Teaching Assistants are required during their first year to enroll in MLLL 5813, Teaching Foreign Languages. GTAs who have already had this course or one similar to it may be exempted.

Graduate Teaching Assistants are required to maintain enrollment in a minimum of five credit hours.

Students must demonstrate reading competency in a second language. In order to do so, they may take the departmental Graduate Reading Exam, or complete two semesters or ten hours in another language.

A comprehensive examination is required for the thesis and the non-thesis programs. The examination is administered during the twelfth and thirteenth week of each semester. It is based on courses taken by the student and on the reading list.