Spanish Programs at Montclair State University

Spanish (Combined BA/MA)

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Spanish (Combined BA/MA)

The Dual Degree program in Spanish is an accelerated five-year option designed for students who wish to pursue baccalaureate and master’s degrees simultaneously. The Department of Spanish and Italian offers a Master of Arts degree in Spanish literature with a wide range of courses in Spanish and Spanish American literature as well as in literary theory, Hispanic linguistics, culture and pedagogy, and translation and interpreting. Conferences and lectures by Latin American and Spanish writers are an integral part of the cultural life of the MA program and students frequently have the opportunity to meet authors they have studied in class.

Along with the Spanish (Combined BA/MA) degree, the department also offers the following options for graduate study: Spanish, Spanish (Combined BA/MAT), and a Translation and Interpreting in Spanish certificate.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

Students who have already completed a baccalaureate degree are not eligible. Please contact your program advisor to inquire about eligibility for the BA/MA in Spanish.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling admission.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Spanish (Combined BA/MA) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement: Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:
    • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
    • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career?
    • Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
    • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?

Students enrolled in this program complete the Spanish program with a comprehensive exam. This program requires the completion of 33 semester hours: 4 courses for 12 hours will be transferred from the UG program. For more information, please visit the program listing in the University Catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Spanish (Combined BA/MA) Program Coordinator:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Program Coordinator: Dr. Roger Zapata
Office: Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 222
Telephone: 973‑655‑5522