Applications and Prerequisites


Applications for admission to the program are accepted year-round and are available online from the graduate school (email: gradadmissions@unr.edu) or by contacting the department (see Contact page).


In addition to meeting university and graduate school requirements, applicants must possess:
  1. a BA degree (or equivalent) in Spanish, or a BA degree (or equivalent) in a related field and 18 semester credits in upper-division courses in the language; and
  2. a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 (or equivalent) in the language. GRE scores are not required.

The graduate school application requires international applicants to submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) when applying for admission (see www.toefl.org for worldwide testing locations). A minimum score of 500 points (173 if computerized exam) is required.

TAship applicants—see "Financial Support," below—must have a minimum score of 550 (213 if computerized exam) and pass the Speak Test with a score of 50 to be eligible for a TAship (a score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English [TSE] may be substituted for the Speak Test—see www.toefl.org for worldwide testing locations). If the department finds that undergraduate coursework is in any way deficient, the student may be required to complete additional undergraduate courses, either before or immediately after admission to the program.

Students who do not apply to the graduate school or who are not admitted to graduate standing may enroll in graduate courses offered by the department, with permission from the instructor, as graduate special students. A maximum of 9 graduate special credits may apply toward fulfilling the MA degree requirements if no off-campus credits are being transferred (see Credit Requirements).