Spanish - MA, MHS
Graduate studies in Spanish lead to the Master of Arts (MA) in Spanish or the Master of Hispanic Studies (MHS). The Spanish graduate program is designed to prepare students for careers in teaching, business, government, world affairs, diplomacy, social service, and law enforcement and for doctoral studies in Spanish, with emphases such as literature, linguistics, or foreign language education. Students may begin their graduate studies at the beginning of any semester during the academic year.
Information about the MA and the MHS can be found at http://www.cla.auburn.edu/forlang/spanish-graduate-program/.
Candidates wishing to pursue the MA or the MHS must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with at least 38 semester hours of undergraduate Spanish course work above the freshman level and satisfactory scores on the General Test of the GRE. International students must have acceptable scores on the TOEFL. Applicants lacking course requirements need to make up deﬁciencies before admission to the graduate program.
Applicants should ensure that the following materials are sent to the Graduate School web application program:
- Official transcripts from every undergraduate institution attended
- Official scores from the General Test of the GRE sent from ETS (for domestic students; not required for international students)
- Official scores from the TOEFL (for international students)
They should send these materials to the graduate program officer in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures:
- Three letters of recommendation
- Graduate teaching assistantship application
- Writing sample. A writing sample in Spanish should be submitted to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the time of the application. The writing sample typically is a research paper completed for a course taken as an undergraduate, usually a paper written for a senior-level literature or civilization course. It should be a minimum of five pages, typed.
- Speaking samples: Two speaking samples are required, together equaling a clip of approximately 4-5 minutes in length. The first should be a 2-3 minute extemporaneous autobiography: who the applicant is, where the applicant is from, what the applicant’s childhood was like, what a memorable event in the applicant’s early life was, what got the applicant interested in studying Spanish, why the applicant wishes to pursue a master’s degree in Spanish, what the applicant’s plans are after finishing the degree. The second should be a reading from a printed text, for example, a poem, a paragraph or two from a novel or short story, a newspaper article. Applicants should identify the selection on the recording. This selection should be approximately 1-2 minutes in length. The speaking samples should be recorded using mp3 audio coding format and e-mailed to Dr. Pedro Cebollero (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
- All materials should be received by February 15.
Courses and Other Graduation Requirements
The MA requires at least 30 semester hours including 4 credit hours for thesis.
Candidates for the MHS must earn a minimum of 36 semester hours in their major, but no thesis is required. A concentration consisting of 6 semester hours of graduate-level courses in a related ﬁeld or ﬁelds may be earned as part of the MHS degree. These 6 hours do not have to be taken in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
Both degrees require satisfactory performance on the comprehensive examinations.
A reading knowledge of one other foreign language is required. This knowledge may be demonstrated by earning a passing score on the foreign language proﬁciency test or by completing the ﬁrst-year sequence (or equivalent) of the foreign language with a grade of B or better.
Graduate teaching assistantships are available to qualiﬁed students. For more information, please contact the department.
All MA-Spanish or MHS graduate students are required to take FLSP 7090 Introduction to College Level Spanish Instruction. For more information, check the student handbook available from the department.