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The dynamic and highly-regarded faculty guide graduate students in learning, research, and scholarship at the beautiful San Marcos Campus, convenient to the Austin and San Antonio metro areas. Evening classes enable professionals to complete their degree. The program also offers graduate assistantships in teaching, editing, and study abroad.

Students learn to think critically and communicate effectively while acquiring a comprehensive foundation in Hispanic literature, linguistics, and cultures.

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If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Yuri Porras
Centennial Hall (CENT), Room 137

“The dedication of each professor to his or her students is unparalleled, and this program has prepared me for a lifetime of success by giving me a broad academic background in the literature, culture and linguistics of the Hispanic world.”

— Allison Yakel, M.A. ’15, Ph.D. ’18, Spanish, University of Houston, Assistant Professor, Lawrence University

Course Work

Students explore Hispanic cultures in seminar settings through the study of linguistics and literature of the Spanish- speaking world. The 33-hour, two-year master of arts (M.A.) in Spanish program offers flexible options for writing a thesis or taking internship courses abroad. The 36-hour track includes a minor in another field.

Topics of study include:

  • Mexican and Mexican-American literature
  • Women and minorities in Medieval and Early Modern literature
  • Spanish in professional contexts
  • Don Quijote
  • Language contact and change
Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. 33 Thesis No minor
M.A. 33 Non-Thesis No minor; internship required
M.A. 33 Non-Thesis No minor; additional six hours of Spanish courses required
M.A. 36 Thesis Minor required
M.A. 36 Non-Thesis Minor & internship required
M.A. 36 Non-Thesis Minor & additional six hours of Spanish courses required
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Alumni enter Ph.D. programs and find success in a wide range of careers in both the public and private sectors.

Program Mission

The Spanish M.A. program helps students gain the specialized knowledge and skills as well as the cultural awareness and global perspective necessary to excel in today’s increasingly interdependent world community. Students work to develop a high degree of proficiency in Spanish to succeed in a competitive global economy.

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Program Faculty

Members of the graduate faculty have a reputation for scholarly excellence and have diverse research interests, such as Spanish and Latin American literature, film, theater and performance, cultural studies, transatlantic studies, women’s and gender studies, and contemporary and historical linguistics. Faculty present their research at national and international conferences and publish books, book chapters, and articles in peer-reviewed journals. The Spanish faculty also publish the journal Letras hispanas.

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Career Options

Graduates may find career paths in the following fields:

  • translation/interpretation
  • government
  • journalism and media
  • international business
  • secondary and higher education
  • criminal justice
  • healthcare
  • social work
  • international education

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority January 15 January 15
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in 12 or more upper-division undergraduate hours in Spanish, including at least six hour of Spanish literature recommended. (If you are lacking sufficient background course work, you will be required to take leveling courses. Any required leveling course work must be completed with grades of B or better prior to admission.) Read additional information about background course work.

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • Up-to-date resume/CV
  • statement of purpose written in Spanish (600 words) explaining your professional and personal interest in the M.A. in Spanish
  • three letters of recommendation

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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Additional Information

  Background Course Work
You will be required to take leveling courses if you lack sufficient background course work. Any required leveling course work must be completed with grades of B or better prior to admission.