Master's Degree

Spanish (M.A.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Arts Degree in Spanish offers the Student the opportunity for an in-depth view of Hispanic literatures, cultures, and language. The program underscores the unity of the Hispanic world rather than its national components. Elective course in linguistics offer an opportunity to further the student’s grasp of the Spanish language in its geographical, cultural, and social variations.

Degree Requirements and Specific Deadlines

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, exclusive of coursework or other study required to remove admission deficiencies, is 36. For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Admission Pre-requisites: Applicants are expected to have 12 or more upper-division hours in Hispanic culture, literature, or linguistics, and mastery or oral and written skills in Spanish. Upper-division grammar, oral communication, and language courses which do not concentrate on Spanish content may not be included in requirements. Students are required to have written and oral proficiencies assessed during their first semester of study.

Specific Degree Requirements: A grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required in undergraduate coursework in Spanish. These requirements may be waived in unusual circumstances upon the approval of the Graduate Program Committee. Admissions determination is based equally on all of the documents that are submitted for evaluation (G.P.A., undergraduate coursework, fluency in Spanish, the personal statement, and the letters of recommendation).

Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Department Application: Not required

Transcripts: Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended

Test Scores: Not required

Resume: Not required

Letters of Recommendations: One L/R is required and it should be from a prior professor or professional colleague. Two L/R are optional.

Statement of Purpose: A one-to-two page statement of purpose written in Spanish describing the objectives of proposed graduate study is required.

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.


Application Deadline Dates

Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: April 1
  • Fall: July 1

International Applicants:

  • Spring: September 1
  • Summer: March 1
  • Fall: April 1

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                                                             
Email Address:
Telephone: (210) 458-5214

Degree Catalog Link: