How to apply to programs in Spanish and Hispanic Studies:
Below you will find general information on how to apply to programs in Spanish and Hispanic Studies followed by specific requirements for individual programs and some frequently asked questions. Requirements and deadlines vary by program as detailed below. Please check out the Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of this page and please do not hesitate to contact the Graduate Coordinator with any questions you may have. We are always happy to help applicants during the admissions process.
General Application Information:
APPLICATIONS. All applications are submitted electronically through the Graduate School. On the Graduate School's application information page, click on APPLY and follow the instructions. All materials are uploaded into the application with the exception of the audio files which are sent directly to the Graduate Coordinator.
TRANSCRIPTS. You must have an official transcript sent from each college, community college or university that you have attended, including foreign institutions. Short-term study abroad programs that are included on the bachelor's transcripts usually do not require official transcripts from the host institution. If you studied long term at an institution in a foreign country, the transcript from that institution must be evaluated and reviewed by an accredited foreign credential evaluation service in order to determine the institution accreditation, number of credits you earned and how your courses transfer into the U.S. educational system. Evaluation reports must be received by the Graduate School directly from the approved evaluation service. UNCW accepts COURSE-BY-COURSE evaluations from World Education Services (WES.org). Questions about this procedure should be directed to the Graduate School.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION. You must have three letters of recommendation that are sent directly from recommenders whose email addresses you provide in your application. Once you submit the application, an email will automatically be sent to the recommenders telling them how to submit a letter of recommendation electronically. This is the only way that a letter of recommendation may be sent. The Graduate School does not accept letters of recommendation in hard copy. Insofar as possible, you should request your recommendations from current or former professors. Persons who can attest to your potential for success in a graduate program in Hispanic language, literature and culture will be your most effective advocates. Letters may be written in English or Spanish.
VOICE RECORDINGS. Recorded voice samples are the only supporting documents that are NOT TO BE SUMBITTED ONLINE. They should be created as data files (.mp4 or .m4a) and should be sent as email attachment to an email to the Graduate Coordinator.
MA Admission Requirements
Applicants to the MA in Spanish are required to submit the following materials to the Graduate School through the online application:
- An application for graduate admission.
- Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate, from U.S. and foreign universities).
- Three recommendations (applicants provide names and email addresses in the application. Recommenders will be contacted via email by the Graduate School.)
- 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 .mp3 or .m4a files attached to an email to the Graduate Coordinator. This is the only part of the admissions process that is not submitted through the online application.)
- A 500-word (approximate) written statement of objectives in English in which the applicant states his or her academic and professional goals. It is recommended that applicants express how they believe this course of study would enhance their objectives. This is also a good place to share information that compliments other aspects in the application such as transcripts and recommendations.
- A 500-word (approximate) writing sample in Spanish in which the applicant states and defends an opinion. Applicants may use a writing assignment from previous coursework if it is argumentative in nature.
- Applicants seeking admission to the master's degree program in Spanish should hold a bachelor's degree in Spanish from an accredited college or university with an overall 3.00 GPA or its equivalent. Students that do not hold a bachelor's degree in Spanish should contact the Graduate Coordinator to determine if they meet the requirements for the equivalent of a degree in Spanish. Typically, applicants without a bachelor's degree in Spanish must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in Spanish (by a personal interview with the faculty or an officially recognized test procedure, such as a minimum of "intermediate high" rating on the ACTFL proficiency scale). It is also advantageous when such applicants can demonstrate familiarity with Spanish and Latin American literature, Spanish linguistics, Hispanic culture studies, etc.
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 midnight eastern time May 15 (midnight eastern time March 1 for priority consideration for financial aid and assistantships). For spring admission, the application deadline is midnight eastern time November 1. We also offer summer and non-degree admissions under special circumstances. Please contact the Graduate Coordinator with any admissions inquiries or questions.
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Hispanic Studies Admission Requirements:
Applicants to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Hispanic Studies are required to submit the following to the Graduate School through the online application:
- An application for graduate admission
- Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate, U.S. and foreign universities)
- Three references (applicants provide names and email addresses in the application. Recommenders will be contacted via email by the Graduate School).
- A 500-word (approximate) essay in Spanish in which applicant describes her/his reasons for wanting to pursue graduate work in Spanish.
- An approximately 3-minute audio recording in which the applicant introduces her/himself, describes a person she/he admires, or describes a trip she/he took in Spanish. (The speaking sample should be sent as a .mp3 or .m4a file attached to an email to the Graduate Coordinator. This is the only part of the admissions process that is not submitted through the online application.)
The deadline for the application to the Certificate for fall admission is midnight eastern time June 15. For spring admission, the application deadline is midnight eastern time November 1. We also offer summer and non-degree admissions under special circumstances. Please contact the Graduate Coordinator with any admissions inquiries or questions.
*These admissions requirements apply only to the graduate certificate program in Hispanic Studies. Students interested in combining the certificate program with a master's degree will have to meet all admission criteria for that degree.
Non-degree Applications, M.Ed. (Spanish Education Specialization), M.A.T. (Spanish):
Information about application requirements and deadlines to these programs can be found at the Graduate School's Application Page: http://www.uncw.edu/gradschool/admissions/deadlines.html.
Combined BA/MA in Spanish:
This program is open to current UNCW undergraduate students. Information about application procedures, program curriculum, and other aspects can be found on the Combined BA/MA in Spanish page.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) Can I apply if I did not get a B.A. in Spanish?
Yes, it is possible to be admitted to the program without holding an undergraduate degree in Spanish. Typically, applicants must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in Spanish (such as an Intermediate High rating on the ACTFL proficiency scale). It also strengthens your application if you can demonstrate familiarity with Spanish and Latin American literature, Spanish linguistics, Hispanic culture studies, etc. It is recommended that you contact the Spanish Graduate Coordinator to set up an interview to discuss your particular case.
2) Can I pursue the M.A. in Spanish part-time? Can this program completed solely online?
You can pursue the M.A. in Spanish part-time. The only stipulation the Graduate School places is that the degree be completed within a period of five years. We offer many classes in the evening for those who work during regular business hours or commute from surrounding areas. From time to time we offer courses in the summer, but we cannot guarantee this every year.
The graduate programs in Spanish at UNCW are designed to be face-to-face. While we may offer online classes at the discretion of faculty, at the present our program is not an online program.
3) How do I let you know that I am interested in applying for a teaching assistantship?
Make sure to check the box on the electronic application that asks if you are interested in an assistantship.
4) Is the entire application done electronically?
The entire application is submitted electronically through the Graduate School with the exception of your audio recording(s). These are emailed as an .mp3 attachment to the Graduate Coordinator. In the application you will provide contact information for your three recommenders who will receive a secure link to provide their evaluation and letter of recommendation electronically.
5) Can my letters of recommendation be in Spanish?
Yes. We accept letters of recommendation in either English or Spanish.
Do you have questions or need more information about our programs or application procedures?
Please contact Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Brian Chandler, at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment or ask any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!