Master of Arts in World Languages and Literatures: Spanish Specialization

Program at a Glance

Admissions cycle: Year-round
Financial support: Teaching Assistantships available
Graduate director: Wifredo de Ràfols

The World Languages and Literatures Department at the College of Liberal Arts provides graduate students the opportunity to obtain a master's degree in World Languages and Literatures with a Spanish specialization. The graduate program is designed to educate students in Hispanic languages, literatures and cultures and provide a broad knowledge base around foreign language and Spanish. Successful completion of the program allows graduate students to advance to doctorate programs or to pursue teaching positions or any career that values the Spanish language. The World Languages and Literatures graduate program is an invaluable option to further education with rich cultural experiences.

Why Choose the M.A. in World Languages and Literatures?

The number of Spanish-speaking people in the United States is rapidly growing, which makes a degree in Spanish highly desirable. Understanding the Spanish culture, as well as developing conversation skills is imperative to adapting to this cultural shift. Graduate students in the M.A. program will develop important cultural background knowledge, critical thinking skills and language proficiency in order to navigate the increasingly multicultural environment. A graduate degree in World Languages and Literatures will provide invaluable experience for any profession or future academic program.

Program Requirements

Graduate students pursuing the M.A. degree in World Languages and Literatures can choose to complete the degree on the thesis track or the non-thesis track by completing 30-32 credits.

  • Plan A: thesis track (30 credits)
    • At least 18 credits, including six thesis credits, must be in 700-level courses. If a minor is approved, at least six graduate credits are required in the minor area.
  • Plan B: non-thesis track (32 credits)
    • At least 15 credits must be in 700-level courses. No thesis is required. If a minor is approved, a minimum of nine graduate credits are required in the minor area.

In addition, students must complete the Introduction to Graduate Study course and the Teaching Foreign Languages course if on a teaching assistantship. All students are also required to take the Comprehensive Examination and demonstrate reading proficiency in an approved language other than Spanish and English.

How do I apply?

Applicants must meet the University Graduate School admission requirements and possess a B.A. in Spanish or a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in language. The application needs to include:

  • Official transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • International applicants need to include TOEFL scores

Is funding available?

Graduate Student Teaching Assistantships are available. Graduate students need to submit applications to this program by April 15 for consideration for the fall semester. Review the M.A. program in World Languages and Literatures for more information.

What's next?

Connect with the World Languages and Literatures Department for more information, or if you are ready to begin your journey at the University, apply now.

Contact College of Liberal Arts

Phone (775) 784-6155
Advising: (775) 682-8745
Fax (775) 784-1478
Location Ansari Business Building