We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has been disruptive to all and that student experiences in the wake of this have not been equitable. In response to these events, we recognize that some applicants will have concerns about the impacts these events could have on admissions. The graduate programs at the University of Colorado Boulder are dedicated to recruiting and supporting diverse, talented students, employing holistic application review processes and supporting students when they arrive on campus. 


We want to be clear that we understand 

·         students have been facing and will face unprecedented challenges during this time. 

·         testing centers have suspended operations, or moved to remote testing.

·         many students and institutions have chosen to adopt the Pass/Fail (or Credit/No Credit) option due to these events.

·         due to this disruption students may not have performed to their usual abilities during times of remote study or challenging classroom adjustments. 

·         some research projects will have been interrupted or will be incomplete as a result of university and facility closures. 

·         many students will be unable to take on internships and summer research programs or other professional development initiatives.

·         there are myriad other challenging circumstances that have arisen in individuals’ experiences.


We will take this all into consideration as we review applications holistically, understanding that our goal continues to be a graduate student cohort of future leaders, full of diverse life experiences and perspectives that will add new dimensions to our existing graduate community. If you have any questions about your specific circumstances, please contact the department to which you are interested in applying, or cugrad@colorado.edu.

Thank you for your interest in our graduate program. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Colorado at Boulder offers its graduate students the very best professional training and mentoring, and we look forward to receiving your processed application and supporting documents.

Please note: to apply to and to be considered for our PhD program, you must hold an MA in Spanish (Peninsular or Latin American Literature) or related field (Classics, Comparative Literature, etc.). Please contact the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies if you have questions regarding this.

FAQs regarding the application process and the Spanish and Portuguese Department program.

From this page, it's possible to download the forms necessary to complete your application to our graduate program. To do this, your computer must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed.

Application period for Fall 2023 admissions is now open. The deadline for applying to the Spanish and Portuguese Department for Fall 2023 admission is January 15, 2022, for all applicants.

The following are the steps necessary to apply to our graduate program:

Step One: Apply Online and Pay Application Fee

Go to the online application web page managed by the University and submit your application online.

You need to pay the application fee online. $60 application fee (Domestic Applicants) or $80 application fee (International Applicants). 

Step Two: Application Requirement

-- Transcripts
Applicants must provide one unofficial transcript from all institutions of higher education you have attended.

-- Recommendation Letters
Applicants must provide three letters of recommendation. Applicants have the option of having the recommender upload their letter or sending their letter to the above address with this form: Graduate Recommendation Letter Form.

-- Writing Sample
All applicants are required to submit a 10-15 page writing sample written in Spanish (or Portuguese if you are applying for MA in Spanish and Portuguese)  that represents academic work in literature or linguistics. Include a one-page abstract written in English. The paper should focus on the applicant's area of interest and include the pertinent bibliography.

-- Statement of Purpose
Applicants must include a brief description of plans for graduate study and their professional career.

-- TA Position (Optional)
Applicants who wish to receive TA positions in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese must submit the Application for Teaching Assistantship Form along with an updated CV.

-- TOEFL (International Students)
All international applicants to our program whose native language is not English will need to score at least 80 on the online exam or 6.5 on the IELT, 550 on the paper-based TOEFL. (Applicants from Puerto Rico do not need to take this test).

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Spanish and Portuguese Office. For questions related to your area of study, please contact the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies.

The University of Colorado at Boulder is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, creed, religion or veteran status.