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Spanish (MA)

The MA program in Spanish offers students a wide array of courses in Spanish and Spanish American literature as well as in advanced studies of the Spanish language and literary theory. The program prepares students for careers in research and teaching and provides a cultural and linguistic base from which students can explore career options in interpreting, translating, diplomatic service, editorial work, social services, commerce and business. The Master of Arts degree also opens opportunities for students to pursue doctoral programs at major institutions.

Along with the Spanish (MA) degree, the department also offers the following options for graduate study: Spanish (Combined BA/MA),  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

The Master of Arts program in Spanish is open to students who hold a bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate major in Spanish or who have completed 24 semester hours of Spanish on the undergraduate level or the equivalent. Students who hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent may enroll in graduate courses without obligation to follow a master’s degree program if they have 24 semester hours or the equivalent in Spanish.

The Office of Graduate Admissions requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the international applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

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 (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?
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two.
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

This is a 33 credit 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:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Spanish (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