The M.A. program in Spanish offers a perfect academic environment for students interested in advanced studies in the fields of Hispanic, Latin American and Peninsular Literature, and Spanish Linguistics. The program has been designed to provide knowledge and develop critical thinking on traditional and modern approaches used in the mentioned fields. The main goal of the M.A. program in Spanish is the preparation of future professionals to develop successful careers in education, administration, interpretation, and translation in diverse public and private institutions. The M.A. program in Spanish provides a strong preparation to pursue more advanced studies at the Ph.D. level.

General requirements

Minimum requirements for unconditional admission to the graduate program in Spanish

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Spanish from an accredited institution, with an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (A=4.0) for the last 60 hours of course credit.
    • Students who have a Bachelor's Degree in a field other than Spanish must take the following courses before entering the M.A. (equivalent courses taken in other institutions are accepted; please refer to the Department of Hispanic Studies’ course catalog to course details):
      • SPAN 3384: Introduction to Hispanic Literature
      • SPAN 4355: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
      • Two 4000-level courses according to the student's interest
  • Completed online application through CollegeNet
  • A statement in Spanish (between 500 and 1000 words) explaining why you wish to study Spanish at the graduate level (follow this link to see guidelines for writing your statement).
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors detailing the potential of the candidate as a graduate student.
  • Graded writing sample from upper-level Spanish Courses.
  • Acceptable scores on the General Aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).* (UH Code: 6870).
  • A score of at least 79 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, international students only, unless they have earned a college degree from an American university)

For information on the GRE and the TOEFL visit the Educational Testing Service web site. (UH Code: 6870)

Once admitted to the program

  • No course in which a grade below B- (2.67) is received may count towards Master's degree.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) for all graduate courses attempted is required for a graduate degree.
  • Failure to maintain this average will result in a warning, probation, or suspension.

Comprehensive written and oral examinations are required to obtain the degree

  • Scheduled during the last semester of course work

Application Fees

Fees payable by check or online (Credit Card) at CollegeNet

  • National Graduate
    • Total cost, $75.00
    • Payable to University of Houston
  • International Graduate Student
    • Total cost, $150.00
    • Payable to University of Houston


  • Spring semester, Last Friday of September
  • Fall semester, Last Friday of January

Download the Spanish MA application checklist

Send documentation to the following address: Spanish Program
Department of Hispanic Studies
University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77204-3062

Phone: (713) 743-3007
Fax: (713) 743-0935

For applications and advisement, please write, call, or e-mail:

Dr. Paola Arboleda-Ríos, Graduate Advisor, at
Dr. Gabriela Baeza Ventura, Director of Graduate Studies, at

* Phone interviews will be conducted after application file is reviewed.

Current students can find complete information about expectations, deadlines, and general progression of their programs in the current M.A. Program Handbook.