Spanish M.A. Program

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully pursue graduate study. (Above-average academic achievement in general and in Spanish course work is required.)
  • Have completed 18 credits in advanced (300-level and above) undergraduate Spanish courses (including a minimum of 9 advanced credits in literature courses conducted in Spanish). If these requirements are not met, additional undergraduate courses must be completed before admission to the program and after consultation with the Department of Languages and Literatures.
  • If conditionally admitted, make up not more than 12 credits of specified undergraduate course work, starting in the first semester and finishing in no more than three consecutive semesters.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Report to the department for consultation with the adviser and assessment of Spanish language skills prior to matriculation.


Nonmatriculants are also required to report to the Department of Languages and Literatures for assessment of skills prior to registration.

Degree Requirements

The M.A. in Spanish requires a total of 30 credits distributed as follows: 24 credits in Spanish, including SPA 601, with a minimum of 3 credits in Peninsular literature and 3 credits in Spanish American literatures. Six (6) elective credits with the permission of the adviser.

All students in the program must pass a comprehensive examination.