All applicants to the Masters of Arts in Spanish must meet the University's requirements
for graduate study. Admission into the program requires a Bachelor's degree in Spanish
from an accredited university. However, the student may be considered if he or she
was granted a Bachelor's degree in a closely related field, provided he or she has
completed a minimum of 21 upper-division courses in Spanish (equivalent to our 400-level
courses) with a grade of B or higher. Additional requirements for admission to the
program are as follows:
- Admission to the University for Graduate Studies (University Application).
- An overall grade point average of 3.0, and of 3.0 or higher in upper-division Spanish
- Graduate Record Examination (the general test only). While the test scores will be
viewed in combination with other factors pertinent to the applicant's ability to succeed
in a graduate program, it is unlikely that an applicant be admitted with a score below
500 on the verbal section of the exam. Only tests taken within the past five years
will be accepted.
- Graduates of universities where English is not the principal language must take the
combined Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English
(TWE) examination, and receive a minimum score of 500, and of 4.5 respectively.
- Two sets of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended with
official verification of graduation.
- A minimum of three letters of recommendation that assess academic accomplishments
and potential for graduate study.
- A 750-word Statement of Purpose (in English) describing your interests and/or experience
in Spanish, relevant educational background, and post-graduate career/educational
- One formal academic writing sample (in Spanish), as recent as possible. Preferably
this should be a paper from previous college or university coursework and should not
be written simply for the purpose of admission.
- Completed Departmental Application.