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CHSSA-MA-Spanish

Tu futuro inspirado en español

Advance your understanding of the diverse expressions of the Spanish language in a multiplicity of Hispanic communities and cultures. Offered face-to-face and online, our master’s degree in Spanish provides a solid foundation in Spanish language and linguistics. Designed for current or future educators, our flexible program equips you with the knowledge and confidence to teach high school or college students. Our degree also prepares you for Ph.D. programs in Spanish literature or Hispanic linguistics. Enlighten the future generations through the wonders of language. Es tiempo de seguir tu pasión.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language requirements

Delivery Combination
Total Credit Hours

30-36 hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

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Spanish (MA) :: 1.3 SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN SPANISH

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN Spanish

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Spanish (MA) :: Focus Your Passion

Focus Your Passion

The Department of Literature and Languages offers four different tracks to cater to your research interests and career goals. Discover which program works best for you.

Thesis (MA)

Work with a committee of faculty as you research and write your original project. If you plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Hispanic linguistics or Spanish pedagogy, we recommend this track. The program requires a minimum of 6 hours of thesis coursework.
Total credit hours: 30

Non-Thesis (MA)

Are you looking to improve your language literacy and pedagogical expertise? The non-thesis track is designed for you. You’ll take courses in language pedagogy, curriculum design and instructional methods for the Spanish classroom.
Total credit hours: 36

Literature and Culture (MA) (Thesis)

Study topics like Hispanic literature, culture and arts, or research children’s and adolescent literature with our thesis track. If you’re interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Spanish literature or Hispanic cultural studies this track is recommended for you. The program requires a minimum of 6 hours of thesis coursework.
Total credit hours: 30

Literature and Culture (MA) (Non-Thesis)

Are you a current educator? Our Literature and Culture non-thesis track offers courses in Iberian and Latin American literature, film and culture, integrating perspectives from multiple disciplines.
Total credit hours: 36

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Spanish (MA) :: What You will Learn

What YOu will Learn

A master’s degree in Spanish will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Study Spanish language, literature, film and culture
  • Take courses in pedagogy and curriculum design
  • Participate in academic conferences and panel discussions
  • Research relevant topics that interest you from language theory to Hispanic culture
  • Critically explore second language learning and acquisition
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Spanish (MA) :: INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Internship opportunities

Internship experience provides the foundation employers are often looking for. Although not required for your degree, internships are an important part of your education experience. These are just a few of the companies that partner with Career Development and offer opportunities for A&M-Commerce Spanish students.

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Spanish (MA) :: FEATURED COURSES

Featured Courses

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Spanish (MA) :: Course Delivery and Resources

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Course Delivery and Resources

Our flexible program is designed for current educators and working professionals. We offer face-to-face courses at our main campus location and a few online. Keep in mind that only 49% of the degree can be completed online.

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Graduate Program Cost

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,594 for Texas residents and $6,897 for non-residents.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs

Admission

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Spanish (MA) :: Program Admission Requirements US

Deadlines

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Spanish, MA” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Provisional Status

After you submit your application, you may be granted provisional status, which means you can enroll in one semester of courses. You will not be eligible for financial aid until you submit all of your documents and are accepted into the program.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.
Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Letter of Recommendation

Request one signed letter of recommendation, on letterhead, from a professional who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program. That individual should:

Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

Statement of Goals

Please write in Spanish. Please include no more than two pages.

  • Why do you want to study that particular area? “I am interested in these types of questions/theories…”
  • What do you hope this degree leads to? What are your goals? Short term education goals, long term career goals.
  • Why are you a good fit for our university?

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Test Scores (if required)

You do not need to submit GRE scores if you have:

  • a completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.00 GPA overall or higher
  • a completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.00 GPA overall or higher

If you do not meet the GPA exemption criteria, request that your GRE® scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

Departmental Interview

You do not need to complete a departmental interview if

  • Spanish is your first (maternal) language,
  • You lived and studied in a Spanish-speaking country for 5 or more years or
  • You have completed a minor or major in Spanish

Interviews may be conducted face-to-face or by phone with Dr. Flavia Belpoliti.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for FAFSA and TAFSA financial aid through the state and federal governments during the admission application process. Use code 003565.
  • Apply for outside scholarships once you are admitted to A&M-Commerce.
  • Check your financial aid and scholarship info through myLeo > Student Resources > Financial Aid Information.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Spanish (MA) :: Program Admission Requirements Intl.

Deadlines

  • Fall admission consideration: June 1
  • Spring admission consideration: October 15
  • Summer admission consideration: March 15

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Spanish, MA” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $75 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

  • Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to:
    Texas A&M University-Commerce

    Attn: Graduate School
    2600 S. Neal St.
    Commerce, Texas 75428

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Letter of Recommendation

Request one signed letter of recommendation, on letterhead, from a professional who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program. That individual should:

Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce Texas 75428

Statement of Goals

Please write in Spanish. Please include no more than two pages.

  • Why do you want to study that particular area? “I am interested in these types of questions/theories…”
  • What do you hope this degree leads to? What are your goals? Short term education goals, long term career goals.
  • Why are you a good fit for our university?

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

GRE Scores

You do not need to submit GRE scores if you have:

  • a completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.00 GPA overall or higher
  • a completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.00 GPA overall or higher

If you do not meet the GPA exemption criteria, request that your GRE® scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

English Proficiency

You do not need to submit test scores if you have completed (all years) of a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States.

Request that your scores from one of the following be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce:

  • TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 79, or CBT 213, or PBT 550)
  • IELTS (Minimum Score: 6.00 band overall)
  • PTE (Minimum Score: 53 overall or higher)
  • Duo Lingo (Minimum Score: 105)

*Scores must be less than two years old.

Official Sponsor Documents

Submit these documents to the Office of International Programs once you have been admitted

  • Official sponsor statement
  • Bank statement from the sponsor with a balance of at least $26,025 USD which is less than 1 year old

Departmental Interview

You do not need to complete a departmental interview if

  • Spanish is your first (maternal) language,
  • You lived and studied in a Spanish-speaking country for 5 or more years or
  • You have completed a minor or major in Spanish

Interviews may be conducted face-to-face or by phone with Dr. Flavia Belpoliti.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Funding

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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