Spanish: Spanish MA

Master of Arts​

Program Description

The application process for the Master of Arts program is competitive; meeting the minimum standards for admission does not guarantee acceptance.


Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Spanish's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in Spanish or a cognate discipline from a recognized university.

  • Fluency in spoken and written Spanish with a general background in Hispanic literature and/or linguistics, normally demonstrated through undergraduate coursework.

  • Applicants apply online and should arrange for electronic submission of the following materials:

    • ​​​a one-page statement of purpose, outlining the applicant's areas of interest (in English)

    • a sample of written work in Spanish (10 to 12 pages)

    • two letters of recommendation, ideally in English (one of the letters must comment on the applicant's fluency in Spanish)

    • a curriculum vitae in English.

Program Requirements

  • 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) at the graduate level.

  • MA students specialize in one of two fields:

    1. Hispanic Linguistics

    2. Hispanic Literatures and Cultures.

  • The specialization requires that each student complete coursework in accordance with distribution requirements for each field, defined in terms of the various areas of the graduate curriculum. Specific requirements by field are available on the department's website.

  • With departmental approval, courses may be taken in a cognate unit (e.g., Comparative Literature, French, History, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Women's Studies).

  • It is the department's expectation that full-time students will complete all program requirements in one academic year. The MA program is also available on a part-time basis. Applicants should be aware that part-time students are not eligible for funding.

  • Students in the field of Hispanic Linguistics must have completed an introductory course in linguistics (LIN 100Y or an equivalent course). Students who have not completed LIN 100Y as part of their undergraduate studies must take this course in the summer directly preceding their admission to the MA program.

Program Length

2 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W);
6 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time