Application Requirements

  1. Application for admission submitted to the Graduate School
    • transcripts
    • other required documents
  2. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  3. Must meet one of the following:
    • major in Spanish, foreign languages with an emphasis in Spanish, comparative literature, Hispanic linguistics, or translation (Spanish)
      OR
    • a combination of courses that will, in the opinion of the Department, allow the student to participate fully in the program by virtue of linguistic competence in Spanish;
      OR
    • immersion experience (a combination of courses that will, in the opinion of the Department, allow the student to participate fully in the program);
      OR
    • native fluency (a combination of courses that will, in the opinion of the Department, allow the student to participate fully in the program);
      OR
    • demonstrated competence in a qualifying examination.
  4. 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work;
  5. a narrative statement of intent, written in Spanish that describes the applicant's accomplishments and plans for the future;
  6. three letters of recommendation from current and/or former professors or advisors. At least one of these must address your background in Hispanic studies.

Notes:

Application should be completed by April 1 for consideration for admission in the fall semester, and by October 1 for the spring semester. The deadline for the first round of consideration for a teaching assistantship in Spanish is February 1. Applications will be accepted after that date, on a rolling basis, until positions have been assigned. Download the TA application form (PDF) and submit the completed application. Preference shall be given to applications received by these dates.

Applicants who 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.

Any course submitted for transfer must be no more than five years old at the time of the student's admission to the Spanish M.A. program, must have been taken at the graduate level in an accredited institution, and must have been completed with a grade of B or better.

Applicants who have not completed at least one advanced-level college course in Latin American or Spanish history must do so in the course of their graduate program. If taken for graduate credit, this course will count toward the minimum number of credits required for the M.A.

A diagnostic examination is mandatory for all students admitted to the MA program. Students exhibiting deficiencies in some areas of study, and assigned remedial course work, must complete all remedial course work before enrolling in any other classes. Courses taken to resolve a deficiency do not count towards the degree.