University of Texas at El Paso Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

M.A. in Spanish


Admission Requirements

  1. Fulfillment of all general requirements for admission to the Graduate School
  2. Completion of four (4) upper-division undergraduate survey courses in Spanish and Spanish American literature with a grade of B or better (SPAN 3301, SPAN 3302, SPAN 3303, SPAN 3304 at UTEP, or their equivalent at other institutions).

Applicants who have not taken all such courses or who have not completed one or more of them with a grade of B or better can be granted conditional admission, and will be required to make up any deficiency by enrolling in the appropriate course(s) during their first semester. Such courses will not count toward the degree.

While proficiency in Spanish is required for the degree this does not automatically qualify the applicant for admission to the program.

Application Procedure

Prospective students should contact the Graduate School, as well as the Spanish graduate studies advisor. Please be aware that the Spanish program has set deadlines for applications that do not necessarily coincide with those of the Graduate School: for all admittance, the deadline is March 1, and for spring admittance, it is October 15.

The application package should include:

  1. The online application form;
  2. Three (3) letters of recommendation from people who can comment of the candidate’s academic background and potential as a graduate student;
  3. A statement of purpose in Spanish explaining why the student is applying for the master’s program. This letter should clearly address the student’s academic and professional goals. Financial assistance is available for qualified students in the form of Teaching Assistantships.
  4. Applicants from countries where English is not the first language are required to demonstrate English proficiency. Please consult the graduate school website for required scores.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 36

MA in Spanish (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
SPAN 5301Critical Approaches Hisp Lit3
Twentieth Century Literature:
SPAN 5340 Course currently in degree plan, but no longer offered. Please see advisor for substitution.3
or SPAN 5341 20th Century Spanish Literatur
Golden Age Literature:
Select one from the following:3
Golden Age Drama
Hispanic Linguistics:
Select one from the following:
Structure of Spanish 1
Spanish Historical Linguistics
Structure of Spanish
Spanish Historical Linguistics
SPAN 5315Premodernist/Modernist Poetry3
or SPAN 5317 Postmodernist/Contemporar Poet
Prose Fiction:
SPAN 5319Spanish American Short Story3
or SPAN 5321 20th Century Span Amer Novel
Spanish Elective:
Select one from the following: 23
Spanish Historical Linguistics
The Hispanic Essay
Spanish Historical Linguistics
Other Foreign Language:
Select one from the following:3
French Four B
German Four B
Intermediate Portuguese II
Electives Area:
Select six additional hours of graduate course work6
Thesis/Non-Thesis Option:
Select one of the options3
Total Hours30

SPAN 3309 Structure of Spanish may be substituted if not taken prior to MA course work.

2 A second course in Hispanic linguistics may be substituted.

B Course requires a grade of B or better. 

Thesis Option

SPAN 5398
SPAN 5399
and Thesis
Total Hours6

Non-Thesis Option

SPAN 5397Seminar in Hispanic Lit Rsrch3
Select three hours from the following:3
Independent Study
Special Topics
The Hispanic Essay
19th Century Span Amer Lit
Premodernist/Modernist Poetry
Postmodernist/Contemporar Poet
Spanish American Short Story
20th Century Span Amer Novel
Spanish Literature to 1500
Golden Age Drama
20th Century Spanish Literatur
Spanish Historical Linguistics
Seminar in Hispanic Lit Rsrch
Total Hours6