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Bicultural Studies (M.A.)

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 program concentration offers students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary study of cultural diversity and social cultural dynamics in multicultural societies. Emphasis is on the study of biculturalism in the United States. Courses are designed for students with professional, policy, and research interests in intercultural relations within the various institutional settings of society, including business, education, government, health, social services, and cultural organizations. The curriculum complements a wide range of academic backgrounds including the humanities, social sciences, public policy, and business. At least 21 semester credit hours must be courses with a BBL designation. 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:

  • Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study. Note: Three required courses are taught in Spanish only, you will need advanced proficiency in the Spanish language to be demonstrated by examination or coursework for these courses.

Application Requirements:

  • A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
  • A complete Graduate Studies application.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
  • 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.

NOTE: Applicants who do not meet University-wide requirements for unconditional admission may be admitted conditionally if scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), letters of recommendation, and/or previous work in the field provide evidence of academic potential.

  • 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.

Contact Information

Student Develoment Specialist : Rahnuma Islam


Telephone: (210) 458-6619

Graduate Advisor of Record: Josephine Mendez-Negrete


Telephone: (210) 458-2637

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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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