Spanish M.A.


The goals of this program are: (1) to raise the level of communicative competence of native and non-native speakers of Spanish; (2) to provide critical and practical skills necessary for analyzing, assessing and addressing academic and societal issues related to Hispanic language and culture; (3) to provide knowledge and advanced skills in Spanish language and Hispanic culture necessary for higher-level graduate work; (4) to increase, improve and promote cultural understanding and awareness of regional, national and international Spanish-speaking communities; and (5) to produce professionals capable of dealing with the demands brought by the ever-increasing U.S. Hispanic population and by the global job market.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to submit the following materials to the Graduate School:

1. An application for graduate admission.

2. Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate, from U.S. and foreign universities).

3. Three recommendations.

4. Two recorded speaking samples, one in English and one in Spanish, in which the applicant introduces her/himself, describes a person she/he admires, or describes a trip she/he took. (The speaking samples should be sent as data files and not music CD files.)

5. A 500-word written statement of objectives in English.

6. A 500-word writing sample in Spanish in which the applicant states and defends an opinion.

Applicants seeking admission to the master’s degree program in Spanish must hold a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from an accredited college or university with an overall 3.00 GPA or its equivalent (determined by a personal interview with the faculty or an officially recognized test procedure, such as an “intermediate high” rating on the ACTFL proficiency scale). Admissions decisions are based upon the examination of several factors, and where other indicators of success warrant, individuals who fall below the established criteria may still be considered for admission. The application deadline for fall admission is April 1 (March 1 for consideration for financial aid and assistantships); for spring admission, the application deadline is November 1.

The application deadline for fall admission is midnight eastern time April 1 (midnight eastern time March 1 for consideration for financial aid and assistantships); for spring admission, the application deadline is midnight eastern time November 1.

How to Apply

Student Learning Outcomes M.A. in Spanish

Students will:

SLO 1: Be able to write a research paper or opinion piece in Spanish, with highly advanced use of language, tone, style, register and critical apparatus.

SLO2: Be able to read, understand and utilize texts in Spanish at a highly advanced level.  They will be able to manage and interpret primary resources in Spanish as well as secondary resources in Spanish (such as articles in professional journals). 

SLO 3: Be able effectively to communicate their thoughts with highly advanced fluency and accuracy of spoken language. They will be able to communicate concrete and abstract ideas in such a way that educated native speakers of the language will have no problem understanding.  They will be able to speak on an array of academic topics as well as personal and professional matters and be clearly understood by native speakers of the language.  They will be able to sustain extended discourse in order to effectively to state and defend an opinion.

SLO 4: Be able to comprehend ideas expressed orally at a normal pace in standard dialect including, but not limited to, ideas pertaining to academic and professional topics.  They will have very good understanding of standard idioms, colloquialisms, and cultural inferences delivered at a normal speaking pace.

Degree Requirements

The M.A. program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study (only six of which may be transferred from another institution) and the successful completion of capstone written and oral individualized comprehensive exams based on coursework. Beginning fall 2014, there will be thesis and non-thesis options. Currently, the 30 hours of coursework must be distributed as follows:

1. Core requirements (12 credit hours)

  • SPN 500 Advanced Writing Techniques.

You must choose 3 of the following 5 courses (9 hours total):

  • SPN 507 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology,
  • SPN 511 Topics in Spanish Civilization,
  • SPN 512 Topics in Spanish American Civilization,
  • SPN 521 Studies in Spanish Literature, and
  • SPN 522 Studies in Spanish American Literature.

2. Electives (18 hours) chosen from any of the remaining graduate courses. [SPN 511, 512, 521, 522 (variable topics) may be taken to satisfy this requirement provided the topic is different from the topic used to satisfy the literature/civilization requirement.]

You must maintain no less than a 3.0 GPA on all graduate-level courses and has five calendar years to complete his/her master’s degree. This five-year period begins with your first term of work after formal admission to the program.

How to Apply

For more information contact:

Brian T. Chandler, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Spanish
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
UNC Wilmington
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: (910) 962-2299
FAX: (910) 962-7712

Or contact:

Kimberly Goerne
Graduate School Admissions
UNCW, Wilmington, NC 28403-3297
Phone: 910-962-7449
Fax: 910-962-3787


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