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Department of Languages and Literatures

M.A. Spanish


PostvilleA graduate degree in Spanish can open many career doors. Some students decide to follow a teaching track at the high school or college level, in which they teach a range of courses in language, culture and literature. Others pursue paths in fields including international business and communication, medical fields, translation, law enforcement and social work. 

The MA in Spanish at UNI allows students to study a broad range of topics (linguistics, translation, and literature, culture and teaching methods) as well as issues that draw from broad geographical regions. Our program also has notable opportunities for community engagement (volunteer and outreach opportunities) and for professionalization (attendance and presentations at conferences).  Our students work with a diverse faculty whose research and creative work covers geographically diverse areas from Spain to Latin America, Central America and the U.S., where Latinos are the fastest growing minority group.

Our graduates can be found throughout the U. S. and the world:

- in PhD programs at Cincinnati, Ohio St., Iowa, Texas, Minnesota, Purdue, Tennessee, SUNY-Stony Brook, Notre-Dame, etc.
- teaching in schools, community colleges, and liberal arts colleges
- working for global corporations, non-governmental, and political organizations
- working as translators in the medical, legal, and judicial fields


Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Admission requirements: for M.A. admission and Graduate Assistant applications the following items are required: 1) major or equivalent in the language of study, 2) two letters of recommendation on letterhead, 3) statement of undergraduate purpose in target language, 4) 550 TOEFL score or higher.

This emphasis is available on both the thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 32 semester hours is required for either option. A minimum of 18 hours of 200/6000-level course work, including 6 hours of 780:299, is required for the thesis option. A minimum of 15 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the non-thesis option, including no more than 3 hours of 780:299. In the case of the non-thesis option, a research paper (click here for more details) must be approved by the student's committee and filed with the Department of Languages & Literatures before the comprehensive examinations may be taken. Successful completion of a final written and oral comprehensive examination is required for both the thesis and non-thesis options.



This program is offered on the non-thesis option only. A minimum of 34 semester hours is required, of which a minimum of 16 hours must be at the 200/6000-level; a minimum of 20 credits must be courses taught in Spanish.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

Successful completion of a final written and oral comprehensive examination is required. A research paper, written on an aspect of methodology, must be approved by the student's committee and filed with the Department of Languages and Literatures before comprehensive examinations may be taken.

Prerequisites: Student must hold a valid teaching license and must have documentation of successful teaching experience. The student who has not completed LANG 4090/5090 (700:190g) , SPAN 3001 (780:101) and SPAN 3003 (780:103), or equivalents, before entering the program must add these courses to the requirements.



Click here for information on course requirements for an M.A. in Spanish.

Click here for information on assistantships within the Department of Languages & Literatures.

Click here for information on the UNISSIST M.A. in Spanish (this program is not accepting new students).