Our MA program offers students two options: Peninsular and Latin American Literatures and Hispanic Linguistics.

Unique among other departments in the country, the Spanish and Portuguese Department at CU Boulder offers two distinct tracks to our PhD students: A PhD in Medieval and Early Modern Hispanic Literatures, and a PhD in Peninsular and Latin American Literatures.

Degrees Offered


Degree Details

The MA/Peninsular and Latin American Literatures Option and the MA/Hispanic Linguistics Option require 30 hours of graduate course work.

Residence Requirement. PhD students must complete a minimum of one academic year in residence on the Boulder campus (excluding summer) within the four years immediately preceding the date on which they present themselves for the PhD comprehensive examination.

Language Requirement. Students must demonstrate, as early as possible before taking the PhD Comprehensive Examination, communication knowledge in Portuguese and one other modern language (subject to the approval of the student's PhD Supervisory Committee). English and Spanish are not part of this language requirement. Communication knowledge is defined as the achievement of the current minimal acceptable score of the Graduate School Foreign Language Test or completion of a fourth-semester college-level course with a grade of B or higher. A fourth-semester college level of Latin (with a grade of B or higher) will also fulfill part of this requirement and is highly recommended for the Pre-Modern Hispanic Literatures Option. Successful completion of PORT 2350 with a B or higher will satisfy the language requirement in Portuguese.

Areas of Concentration. Possible areas of specialization/dissertation work include: 

  • Medieval Iberian Literature
  • Golden Age Spanish Literature
  • Colonial Spanish American Literature
  • 19th Century Spanish American Literature
  • 18th-19th Century Peninsular Literature
  • 20th-21st Century Peninsular Literature
  • 20th-21st Century Spanish American Literature

Admissions Requirements

The department Graduate Committee evaluates all applications. In addition to the Graduate School's criteria for regular degree students, the department requires that entering students:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  2. PhD applicants must hold an MA degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent.
  3. Have native or near-native proficiency in understanding, speaking, reading and writing Spanish.
  4. Writing Sample. All applicants are required to submit a 10-15 page writing sample written in Spanish on any peninsular or Spanish American author or topic. Include a one-page abstract written in English. The paper should focus on the applicant's area of interest and include a pertinent bibliography.
  5. Four Letters of Recommendation. Each of these must be accompanied by the Recommendation Form.
  6. Application for Teaching Assistantship. Applicants who wish to receive TA positions in the Department must apply using this form (also available within application) along with an updated Curriculum Vitae.
  7. Statement of Purpose for Graduate Study and Professional Career. This brief description of the applicant's plans for graduate study and professional career.
  8. Have a general knowledge of Spanish and Spanish American literatures.
  9. All international applicants applying to our program whose native language is not English will need to score at least 75 on the Internet-based version (550 on the paper exam or 213 on the computerized exam) of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in order to be admitted.
  10. Applicants wishing to be considered for the competitive Devaney, CHA, or Chancellor's fellowships are strongly encouraged to take the GRE general test and submit their official scores.

Fall Domestic Application Deadline

January 16, 2017

Fall International Application Deadline

January 16, 2017

Contact Information

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Spanish
Graduate Program Assistant
McKenna Languages Building 126
278 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0278
Phone: 303-492-7308
Fax: 303-492-3699

Department of Spanish website