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Admission and Degree Requirements

Graduate Curriculum

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Students may pursue course work in Spanish, Central American, South American, Caribbean, Mexican, and Mexican-American literature and culture, as well as in language and linguistics. The M.A. program's thesis, internship abroad, or additional course work plan provides flexibility for students completing their degree requirements. Students have a non-minor option (33 hours), with all course work in Spanish, or they may choose to complete a minor or six hours of course work in a related area of interest (36 hours), such as Latin American studies, women and gender studies, Southwestern studies or education (students seeking teacher certification should consult the Office of Educator Preparation for official information on becoming a certified teacher in the state of Texas).
 

Admission Requirements 

  • 2.75 GPA on a scale of 4.0, calculated over the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work leading to the bachelor's degree
  • 3.0 GPA in 12 upper-division undergraduate semester credit hours in Spanish including six hours in literature
  • Statement of purpose written in Spanish explaining the applicant's professional and personal interest in the M.A. in Spanish
  • Résumé that includes contact information for three references, at least two of whom should be professors familiar with applicant's academic work
  • Admission application fee

 

Degree Programs

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. 33 hours Thesis No minor - Thesis required
M.A. 33 hours Non-Thesis No minor - Internship required
M.A. 33 hours Non-Thesis No minor - 6 hours of additional Spanish courses required
M.A. 36 hours Thesis Minor required - Thesis required
M.A. 36 hours Non-Thesis Minor required - Internship required
M.A. 36 hours Non-Thesis Minor required - 6 hours of additional Spanish courses required

Master of Arts in Spanish with minor (36 hours)

  • 24 hours in Spanish
  • six hours in an approved minor or related field
  • Plus one of the following: six hours thesis, six hours of internship in a country where Spanish is spoken, or six hours of additional course work in Spanish
  • Additional requirement: comprehensive exam with written and oral components

 

Master of Arts in Spanish without minor (33 hours) 

  • 27 hours in Spanish
  • Plus one of the following: six hours of thesis, six hours of internship in a country where Spanish is spoken, or six hours of additional coursework in Spanish
  • Additional requirement: comprehensive exam with written and oral components

 

Graduate Minor in Spanish

  • Students with majors other than Spanish may select Spanish as a minor.
  • Students should have completed at least nine hours of advanced undergraduate Spanish with a GPA of 2.75 or higher (4.0 scale).
  • The graduate minor consists of a minimum of six hours in Spanish.

Admissions Decision Process

After all admission materials have been received by The Graduate College, an applicant’s graduate point average will be calculated and an admission recommendation will be made by the program graduate faculty.  Final admission decisions are made by the Dean of The Graduate College. For most programs, an admission decision will follow within three to four weeks from the time all application materials have been received, but it could take up to six weeks during peak times.  The number of applicants for a particular program influences the response time for decisions.  After an application decision has been made, the applicant will receive an email notification from The Graduate College. All admissions communications will be sent to the email address provided on the ApplyTexas application. Degree seeking students admitted to The Graduate College will also receive a letter via U.S. mail.  Applicants may also check the status of their application online using Self Service Banner. Once you have submitted everything through The Graduate College's system, your application will be reviewed by a committee. You will be notified after your application has been reviewed.

Students may submit an admission appeal to the Graduate Dean at gradcollege@txstate.edu within three weeks of the date of the decision. The written appeal should include additional supporting documentation. Admission appeals will be answered via email within three weeks of receipt of the student’s appeal.