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The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Spanish is for students looking to teach Spanish at the college level, prepare for a Ph.D., or enhance their research and writing skills. Our mission is to provide students with knowledge of Modern Spanish Language, Linguistics, and Literature. This includes Latin American and Mexican-American poetry, fiction, and drama by canonical and non-canonical Spanish-speaking authors. The M.A. in Spanish emphasizes the structure and complexity of the Spanish Standard Language and is often augmented by an interdisciplinary study of literature.

Graduate Spanish Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours leading towards baccalaureate degree
  • Six page essay in Spanish, MLA format (plus one bibliography page). This essay will be a critical analysis of literature, culture or research. Please email to gradstudies@utpb.edu..

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA below 3.0 – 2.5 in the last 60 credit hours leading towards baccalaureate degree
  • Acceptable GRE scores (150 or higher on Verbal and Quantitative Section)
  • Six page essay in Spanish, MLA format (plus one bibliography page). This essay will be a critical analysis of literature, culture or research. Please email to gradstudies@utpb.edu.
  • OTHER EVIDENCE: At least one of the following:
    • The student is a first generation college student
    • The student had other responsibilities such as work and mother-father duties.
    • The Student has one of the following: a) A BA in Spanish. B) A Minor is Spanish.

NOTE: Candidates who have not completed at least 18 upper division undergraduate semester credit hours (SCH) in Spanish will be required to enroll in additional courses to complete their preparation for graduate work.

M.A. in Spanish Degree Requirements

  • Students are required to complete 36 semester credit hours.
  • Students are required to choose a degree plan includes one of the following: directed readings, thesis, scholarly article, or a portfolio.
  • Up to nine semester credit hours of senior level Spanish Courses.
  • After completing 18 credit hours, students who choose the Thesis or Scholarly Article option should submit to their committee a 5-10 page prospectus with a working bibliography.
  • The M.A. degree must be completed within eight years.

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