MA-Spanish  (MA-SPA)

Area of emphasis available:
Pedagogy of Spanish Language

Graduate work in Spanish provides students with a thorough command of another language, prepares students for scholarly research, and helps train teachers of Spanish.

The Department of Literature and Languages offers a Master of Arts in Spanish. A student pursuing this degree has two options: one option is a 30-hour course requirement, plus thesis. A second option is a non-thesis, 36-hour course requirement, plus reading knowledge of a second foreign language. Students seeking either option must perform satisfactorily on a comprehensive written and oral examination with sections devoted to prose, drama, poetry, and language.

The foreign language faculty also prepares students for the doctoral research tool proficiency in Spanish. Candidates for this examination may apply to the Department of Literature and Languages for information.

A comprehensive minor in Spanish is available for doctoral degree students majoring in supervision, curriculum, and instruction. This minor is recommended for junior and senior college teachers of foreign languages.

Required Documents for Admission

Admission Consideration Requirements for All Students

  • Apply Texas Application
  • Application fee:  $50 domestic student 
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).
  • At least one of the following:

    • Official General Test GRE scores or
    • A completed master's degree from a regionally accredited university with at least a 3.00 overall GPA or
    • An awarded bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with:
      • at least a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours of the degree or
      • an overall GPA of at least a 3.00 of the degree
  • Applicant must have one of the following:

    • Undergraduate major or minor in Spanish
    • Fluency in Spanish
    • Departmental Interview

Additional Admission Consideration Requirements for International Students Only

  • Application fee, $75.00, US dollars (this may be paid online when you apply)
  • Bank Statement from the sponsor, must reflect a balance of at least $26,024.82 USD (must be less than 1 year old)
  • Official sponsor statement
  • Official transcripts (with a copy of the provisional certificate or diploma)
    For more information on official transcripts, please click here and read FAQ question:  What transcripts do I submit for my admission?

  • English Proficiency:

    • Official TOEFL (IBT at least 79, or CBT at least 213, or PBT at least 550), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • IELTS (at least overall 6.00 band), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor's degree or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university, or

Application Packet Submission Deadline:

Domestic student applications are accepted throughout the year.

International student applications (including all required documents and for programs that are not fully online) have the following deadlines:

Fall admission consideration:          June 1

Spring admission consideration:     October 15

Summer admission consideration:  March 15