The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers the M.A. with a major in Spanish. Students specialize in one of two concentrations: Hispanic literatures and cultures or Hispanic linguistics.
Hispanic Literatures and Cultures Concentration: The MA concentration in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures provides students with a comprehensive overview of the fields of Hispanic literatures and Hispanic cultures and prepares the student to pursue work at the PhD level in Spanish or in other disciplines.
Hispanic Linguistics Concentration: The MA concentration in Hispanic Linguistics provides training in Spanish Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Sociolinguistics, Heritage Language Research and Pedagogy, Second Language Acquisition, and Pragmatics. This concentration will prepare the students to pursue work a the PhD level in Spanish or in other disciplines.
Thank you for your interest in the University of Arizona's Department of Spanish & Portuguese. The department offers programs leading to the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a major in Spanish. For those students in other departments, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers doctoral minors in Spanish.
Admission to all graduate programs requires the completion of a bachelor's degree with a major in the proposed field of study. Admission to the doctoral program in Spanish is dependent upon the completion of a Master of Arts degree in Spanish at the University of Arizona or elsewhere.
For questions regarding the graduate programs, please contact either the Director of Graduate Studies or the Program Coordinator of the Graduate Studies Program.
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University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Prerequisite: The applicant must hold, or anticipate completing by the time of admission, a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or the equivalent degree from a university outside the U.S. and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.3 on a 4-point scale overall; and to have a minimum grade-point average of 3.4 on a 4-point scale in Spanish.
Hispanic literatures and cultures: The applicant is expected to have a minimum of 15 semester hours of Hispanic literature and culture courses at the advanced level and one advanced Spanish grammar and composition course or the equivalent of the undergraduate major in Hispanic literature and culture at the University of Arizona.
Hispanic linguistics: The applicant is expected to have a minimum of one advanced Spanish grammar course and one advanced Spanish conversation and composition course; to have a minimum of 9 semester hours in areas including Spanish phonetics and pronunciation, advanced Spanish syntax, and general linguistic theory or their equivalent
Acceptable English Proficiency Test:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 79 iBT or 60 on the revised PBT with no section score lower than 15 (550 on PBT taken before 2017)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Minimum composite score of 7, with no subject area below a 6
Pearson PTE Academic - Minimum score of 60
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - minimum score level C1
Graduate English Language Endorsement from the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL)
CEPT Full Academic test - minimum score level C1, offered by our Center for English as a Second Language (CESL)
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International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Hispanic literatures and cultures: Upon entering the program, the student establishes their degree study program in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. The student is required to complete a minimum of 33 graduate units, as follows:
(1) An equal number of units in Spanish and Latin American literatures and cultures (15 units in each area)
(2) A 3-unit Introduction to Hispanic Studies taken the first year of residence.
In addition, the student must take a comprehensive written examination in the field of Hispanic literatures and cultures upon completion of all course work.
Hispanic linguistics: Upon entering the program, the student establishes his/her degree study program in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. The student is required to complete a minimum of 33 graduate units in Hispanic Linguistics distributed as follows:
(1) 30 units in Hispanic Linguistics distributed according to the following program of study.
(2) A 3-unit Introduction to Hispanic Studies taken in the first semester of residence.
In addition, the student must pass a comprehensive written examination in the field of Hispanic linguistics taken upon completion of all course work.
33 units of the following courses are required for the major in Spanish and must come from the list of courses below. Courses will be chosen in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies depending upon the students area of specialization in one of the two concentrations. Courses rotate each semester. Please see Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Miquel Simonet.
SPANISH COURSES TO CHOOSE FROM (COURSES ARE 3 UNITS EACH):
580A Spanish Phonology I
580B Spanish Phonology II
582A Spanish Syntax I
582B Spanish Syntax II
582C Spanish Syntax III
583A Spanish Phonetics
696D Hispanic Linguistics
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
|Application Acceptance Rate||35.29%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||2.00|
|Enrollment Percent Male||33.33%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||66.67%|
|Enrollment Percent International||16.67%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||33.33%|