Graduate Studies in Spanish

Master of Arts in Modern Languages with concentration in Spanish

The Program

The Master of Arts in Modern Languages with Concentration in Spanish is a 36-hour degree, designed to enhance students' competence in the Spanish language and knowledge of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Specific objectives are to prepare students for a career in teaching, or in any area in private or public life in which knowledge of a modern language is essential, and to help them develop the techniques of independent research necessary for work beyond the master's level. Students will take a maximum of 6 hours in the core MODL courses, along with Spanish courses in linguistics, literature, culture, and translation studies.

Required Courses

All students are required to take two of the following three courses:

  • SPAN 5300: History of the Spanish Language
  • SPAN 5302: Spanish Dialectology
  • SPAN 5303: Applied Spanish Linguistics

Other Requirements

A knowledge of a second foreign language will be required, including listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, as demonstrated by one of the following: the successful completion of two semesters of coursework at the second-year level; MODL 5301: Modern Languages for Graduate Reading; or an appropriate examination.

Program Completion

The M.A. in Modern Languages-Spanish is a non-thesis degree and culminates in a comprehensive exam on the coursework and the appropriate reading list.

Graduate Certificate in Spanish

The Program

Students who have earned an M.A. degree in a language from an accredited institution may seek admission into the Certificate Program in order to earn 18 graduate hours in the discipline to meet minimum SACS accreditation requirements for teaching at institutions of higher education in the State of Texas.


Students will be accepted into the Graduate Certificate Program only after showing proof of proficiency in Spanish through an already acquired degree in that language or by passing a proficiency exam. Generally, a student with a bachelor's degree in a field other than Spanish may become an unconditionally admitted graduate student after fulfilling the upper-level requirements in the language:

  • 18 hours of upper-level Spanish or
  • A combination of coursework and testing

All students who are accepted into the Certificate Program, regardless of the language of concentration, will be required to take 18 graduate hours in the language. Students in the Certificate Program will not be permitted to take courses with an MODL prefix.