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What will I learn?

The M.A. program in Spanish is mostly focused on Spanish and Latin American literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present. Over the course of their graduate studies in Spanish, students acquire a solid grounding in major works of poetry, prose, and theater, as well as the tools necessary to approach these works critically. All courses in the Spanish program are taught in Spanish.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Spanish:

1. Use of Appropriate Resources, Materials and Format for Writing a Research Paper. Students must demonstrate the ability to produce effective academic writing based on scholarly research.

2. Knowledge of Culture, Language and Literature at the Advanced Level

  • Demonstrate graduate-level competence in the concentration language.
  • Analyze texts for theme, structure, style and other aspects of prose and poetry.
  • Explain how literary movements influence each other and are shaped by history.
  • Demonstrate interdisciplinary approaches when analyzing complex problems and intellectual questions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the present day structure of the concentration language, including the phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and discourse features.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development and sociolinguistic variations of the concentration language.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop basic skills as teacher-researcher while applying theoretical knowledge to practice, and to implement standard-based Second Language Acquisition (SLA) instruction.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal and Creative Arts

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,210.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected April, October 2022

Start date

24 January 2022


College of Liberal and Creative Arts

1600 Holloway Ave,



94132, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and the equivalent major coursework for the program area to which application is made.

For international students

All applicants are expected to have the equivalent of a B.A. in Spanish, that is, 30 units of upper division work in Spanish, with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Minimum TOEFL iBT 80, IELTS 7.0 or PTE 65; some majors require higher scores.

Materials sent directly to the Spanish Program must be postmarked by April 1 to be considered for fall admission, or by October 1 to be considered for spring admission.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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