Our MA in Spanish Degree offers students four areas of emphasis: Peninsular and Latin American Literatures, Hispanic Linguistics, Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Spanish Teaching.

The department Graduate Committee evaluates all applications. In addition to the Graduate School's criteria for regular degree students, we require all entering students to have native or near-native proficiency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish. Also, they must have a general knowledge of Peninsular and Latin American Literatures.

All international students applying to our MA program whose native language is not English will need to score at least 80 on the online  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in order to be admitted (65 on the IELT or 550 on the paper exam).

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores are not mandatory for admission. This test is also not mandatory for consideration for teaching assistantships.

New graduate students are required to select their first-semester courses in consultation with the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. By the end of their second semester in the program, students are required to choose a Faculty Advisor (normally this faculty member becomes the Chair of the MA Supervisory Committee), with whom they will plan their program of study thereafter.

Before the end of a student's third semester in the program, they must form an MA Supervisory Committee (MASC). The MASC, which advises the student in all matters pertaining to the MA program, will consist of three members of the department's graduate faculty and must be approved by the department Chair.

Within two weeks of being constituted, each MASC or its Chair will meet with the student to discuss their program of study. The Associate Chair for Graduate Studies will be an ad hoc member of this committee.