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Bicultural-Bilingual Studies (M.A.)-Bicultural-Bilingual Education Concentration

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Arts degree in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies is designed to respond to a variety of societal needs through advanced multidisciplinary study in language, culture, and related disciplines. It has concentrations in Bicultural-Bilingual Education, Bicultural Studies, and English as a Second Language.

This concentration is offered for students interested in advanced study in the design and implementation of bicultural-bilingual education programs. This interdisciplinary course of study presents systematic instruction in bilingualism, cultural dynamics, and applied linguistics. It also includes an examination of theory and research related to effective bilingual education. The Master’s degree is offered under two options: thesis and non-thesis.

Degree Requirements:

  • Degree candidates are required to complete successfully a 36-semester-credit-hour program. 
  • Upon completion of at least 30 semester credit hours of coursework, the candidate is required to pass a written and oral comprehensive examination. 
  • Candidates for the concentration in Bicultural-Bilingual Education must demonstrate proficiency in a second language. 
  • Candidates for the concentration in Bicultural Studies are required to give evidence of second language learning experiences acceptable to the department’s Graduate Program Committee. 
  • For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission Prerequisites:

  • Required Degree: Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study
  • Other Degree Requirements: Three required courses are taught in Spanish only, you will need advanced proficiency in the Spanish language.

Application Requirements:

  • General University Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
  • Application: A complete Graduate School application.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae: Not required
  • Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation from those familiar with applicant’s academic and/or work abilities
  • Statement of Purpose: Provide a one-page statement of purpose, in either English or Spanish, describing why she or he wants to pursue a master’s degree.
  • Test Scores: General GRE, not older than five years.
  • Other: None.
  • Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: U.S. Citizens (Domestic) or permanent residents who have earned university level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit all official transcripts from foreign institutions along with an evaluation of the transcripts from an approved Foreign Credential Agency.
    • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
    • The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
  • International Applicants:
    • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
    • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 550 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
    • Additional Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet international graduate student admission requirements. 

Contact Information

Student Development Specialist: Rahnuma Islam
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Telephone: (210) 458-6619

Graduate Advisor of Record: Margarita Machado-Casas

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Telephone: (210) 458- 5571

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Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • Courses are offered at night once a week for three hours (6 PM to 8:45 PM) Monday-Thursday in the fall or spring. Or, during the day two hours a day Monday through Friday in the four-week summer sessions. In addition, some courses are available at night meeting Monday through Friday for three weeks in the May-mester.
  • This program is housed on the UTSA Main Campus.

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