Master of Arts in Spanish

The Master of Arts in Spanish is designed to prepare students for careers as Spanish instructors in secondary and higher education institutions, for employment as professional interpreters within various industries, for future advanced study, and for advancing their proficiency in a second language and culture.

This non-thesis program provides a thorough foundation in practical fluency and cultural skills through 36 credit hours of analytical and linguistic coursework.

Applications to the Masters of Arts in Spanish Program are reviewed on a rolling basis, with application deadlines of: July 15th for the fall semester; November 15th for the spring semester; and April 15th for the summer semester. The Program’s admission considerations include the following:

  1. Graduate Application: The Graduate Application is an institutional application required by SHSU. Students must provide biographical and educational information and information relevant to determining State of Texas residency.
  2. Application Fee: An application fee is required for all applications to graduate programs at SHSU.
  3. Transcripts documenting all prior degrees.*
  4. A current resume or curriculum vitae (in English).
  5. A writing sample of scholarly or professional work (in Spanish), showcasing the applicant’s writing ability (1000 words minimum).
  6. A statement of interest (in English) that summarizes the applicant’s professional goals, how this degree will help the applicant obtain their professional goals, and how the applicant’s personal and professional experiences have prepared them for the MA program. The statement should be no more than two single-spaced pages
  7. Name and contact information for at least two individuals who can speak about the applicant’s academic and professional potential.
  8. Applicants who do not possess a graduate degree from an accredited institution, are expected to have earned a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 from the accredited institution granting the undergraduate degree
  9. Applicants are expected to have at least 18 undergraduate hours of Spanish.  
  10. Applicants who do not possess 18 undergraduate hours of Spanish or have an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 may submit additional information as evidence of their academic and professional potential. Additional information may include, but is not limited to: GRE scores, a narrative that provides an explanation for the applicant’s low GPA and why the GPA is not indicative of the applicant’s academic and professional potential, and/or a narrative that explains in what other ways the applicant has acquired knowledge of Spanish language and Hispanic culture, etc.

*Applicants may submit unofficial transcripts for review by the admissions committee. However, under university policy, admission decisions are contingent upon receipt of official transcripts.

Applicants must submit all application materials directly to Graduate Admissions by the relevant deadline.

A holistic review of each applicant’s file will then be completed, with admission to the MA in Spanish program offered to applicants on a competitive basis.

Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The M.A. in Spanish requires a minimum of thirty-six hours of graduate credit, and the student may choose one of two degree plans. At the end of the program, students must also take and pass written two-hour comprehensive exams covering three specific areas of study in the MA program (linguistics, literature, culture).

Plan 1 - M.A. in Spanish

Master of Arts in Spanish
Specified Courses
SPAN 5332Spanish Golden Age Lit3
SPAN 5333Spanish/Am Lit: Pre-Eur to Ind3
SPAN 5334Contemp Spanish American Lit3
SPAN 5337Lit Analysis & Research Method3
SPAN 5338Second Lang Teaching & Method3
SPAN 5361The Structure of Spanish3
SPAN 5370History of Spanish Language3
SPAN 5371Contemporary Spanish Literat3
Restricted Electives
Select two of the following:6
Special Topics in Spanish
Sem in Comp Spanish Art/Cultur
Hispanic Women's Studies
Spanish for Technical Comp
Theory/Pract of Trans/Interpet
Studies in Spanish Linguistics
Electives
Select 6 credit hours of additional graduate courses in SPAN6
Total Hours36

Plan 2 - Master of Arts in Spanish

Master of Arts in Spanish
Specified Courses
SPAN 5332Spanish Golden Age Lit3
SPAN 5333Spanish/Am Lit: Pre-Eur to Ind3
SPAN 5334Contemp Spanish American Lit3
SPAN 5337Lit Analysis & Research Method3
SPAN 5338Second Lang Teaching & Method3
SPAN 5370History of Spanish Language3
SPAN 5371Contemporary Spanish Literat3
Restricted Electives in BESL
Select two of the following:6
Applied Linguistics in ESL/EFL Settings
Soc Cult Lang Infl On Learning
2nd Lang Acquisition & Develop
Restricted Electives in SPAN
Select two of the following:6
Special Topics in Spanish
Sem in Comp Spanish Art/Cultur
Hispanic Women's Studies
Spanish for Technical Comp
Theory/Pract of Trans/Interpet
Studies in Spanish Linguistics
Electives
Select 6 credit hours of additional graduate courses in SPAN6
Total Hours36