Spanish- Master of Arts

For information, contact:
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
268 Irvin Hall, 513-529-4500
www.MiamiOH.edu/spanport

The graduate program in Spanish at Miami University offers students the opportunity to earn the Master's Degree through advanced study of Spanish and Spanish American culture and Spanish linguistics. Faculty's interests and areas of research comprise Spain, Spanish-America, and a Trans-Atlantic perspective from a variety of literary, cinematic, and cultural studies standpoints. Graduate students are therefore able to concentrate on specific areas of study according to their interests.

Admission Requirements

You must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25. Applications are on a rolling basis, but you are encouraged to express your interest to the graduate adviser as soon as possible. Funding opportunities may be available. To apply you will need a letter of application in Spanish (statement of purpose), copies of academic transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.

Requirements: Master of Arts

(30 semester hours)

At least 30 semester hours of graduate courses will be completed: six three-credit courses or seminars plus four three-credit courses numbered 600 or above. Students will have two options:

  1. Write a MA thesis or
  2. Complete a written and oral Comprehensive Examination and complete a Research Tutorial.

For the thesis option, it is strongly recommended that six (6) semester hours of SPN 700 be devoted to work on the thesis during the Fall and Spring semesters of the second year.  For the examination option, students should take six (6) hours of SPN 680 in either semester.

Combined Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts Program

The combined BA/MA program allows highly qualified students to simultaneously pursue both a bachelor’s and a master degree in Spanish. Areas of interest can include Peninsular literature, film and culture; Latin American literature, film and culture; Spanish linguistics; and individualized studies. If you are interested contact the graduate director as soon as possible and ask for more information and a brochure.

Admission requirements

Upon earning a minimum of 64 hours and having a cumulative GPA of 3.25 (GPA in Spanish of 3.50) students may apply. Applications are on a rolling basis, but you are encouraged to express your interest to the graduate adviser as soon as possible. Funding opportunities may be available.

In the 4th and 5th years, at least 30 semester hours of graduate courses will be completed toward the graduate degree component, six three-credit courses or seminars plus four three-credit courses of SPN 600 or above. Students will have two options:

  1. Write a MA theses or
  2. Written and oral Comprehensive Examination and complete a Research Tutorial.

It is strongly recommended that six (6) semester hours (SPN 700) be devoted to work on the thesis during the Fall and Spring semesters of the second year, or for students selecting the Comprehensive Exam, SPN 680 in either semester. At the end of the Fall Semester, students must complete a second draft of their theses.