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Spanish, MA

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College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences  > Department of Hispanic Studies  > Spanish, MA

The MA program in Spanish offers an academic environment for students interested in advanced studies in the fields of Hispanic, Latin American and Peninsular Literature, and Spanish Linguistics. The program has been designed to provide knowledge and develop critical thinking on traditional and modern approaches used in these fields. The main goal of the MA program in Spanish is the preparation of future professionals to develop successful careers in education, administration, interpretation, and translation in diverse public and private institutions. The MA program in Spanish provides a strong preparation to pursue advanced studies at the PhD level.

For more information, please visit the Hispanic Studies program website.

Admission Requirements

For unconditional admission to the MA program in Spanish, applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from an accredited institution, with an overall grade point average of at least 3.00 (A=4.00) for the last 60 hours of course credit. Students who have a Bachelor’s Degree in a field other than Spanish must take SPAN 3304, two courses in Spanish Literature at the 4000-level, and one course in Spanish Linguistics before entering the MA (equivalent courses taken in other institutions are accepted).

Applicants must have acceptable scores on the General Aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students must meet English language proficiency requirements as seen on the International Graduate Student page. Two confidential letters of recommendation from professors detailing the potentials of the candidate as a student, a statement of purpose in Spanish (500-1000 words) explaining why you wish to pursue a graduate degree, a writing sample (research paper 7-10 pages typed, double-spaced), and official transcripts are also required.

Conditional admission may be granted a domestic applicant who has a grade point average of at least 2.67 and whose scores on the Graduate Record Examination are high enough to indicate probable success in the graduate program.

GRE Waiver Option

The GRE requirement is waived for applicants to the MA; MA/PhD and PhD in Spanish programs who have the following:

  • MA applicants:
    • an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher (on a 4‐point scale) or 7.2 (on a 10-point scale)
  • MA/PhD applicants:
    • an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher (on a 4‐point scale), or 7.2 (on a 10-point scale)
  • PhD applicants:
    • an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher (on a 4‐point scale), or 7.2 (on a 10-point scale)
    • a master’s or terminal degree.

For further information, please call or write:

Department of Hispanic Studies
The University of Houston
3553 Cullen Boulevard Rm 416
Houston, Texas 77204-3062


Degree Requirements

Credit hours required for this degree: 36.0

A total of 36 hours is required for the M.A. in Spanish, all at the 6000-level or above. Students may elect to write a thesis; if they do so, a maximum of 6 hours of thesis credit may count as part of the 36. A maximum of 6 hours, as well, may be taken in a complementary field outside the department if students obtain written permission in advance from the Graduate Director.

Once admitted to the program, no course in which a grade below B- (2.67) is received may be applied toward the Master’s degree. Comprehensive written and oral examinations are required to obtain the degree; these are scheduled during the last term of course work. A minimum of 27 term hours must be earned in residence at the University of Houston.

At the end of each student’s first year of course work at the graduate level, a screening procedure will be conducted by all faculty members with whom the student has studied in order to determine whether the individual is progressing satisfactorily toward the degree objective.

Before entering the M.A. Program, students should decide on the concentration they wish their M.A. in Spanish to reflect.

Possible concentrations include:

  1. Spanish literature
  2. Spanish literature and linguistics
  3. Spanish linguistics

Students must take the following required hours in accord with their selected concentration:

Concentration in Literature:

  • Peninsular Literature Cr. 9
  • Latin American Literature Cr. 9
  • Hispanic Literature of the US Cr. 9
  • Spanish Linguistics Cr. 6
  • Literature elective Cr. 3

Concentration in Literature/Linguistics:

  • Literature Cr. 15-18
  • Linguistics Cr. 15-18

Concentration in Linguistics:

  • Spanish Linguistics Cr. 30
  • Literature Cr. 6

Thesis option:

A master’s thesis may be substituted for 6 hours in any of these concentrations.

Course lists to accompany fields of study above:

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