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M.A. Program

Prof. Kathleen Vernon
Director of Graduate Studies
Humanities Building 1138

Mary Moran-Luba, Senior Staff Assistant
Humanities Building 1059, Phone: (631) 632-6935          [ PDF version from the Graduate brochure]


Fall Deadlines:       Domestic Applicants - July 1st ; International Applicants - April 15th

Spring Deadlines:   Domestic and International Applicants:  November 15th                                  

Offering courses in Spanish on the languages and cultures of Latin America, Spain, and the Latinx US, the Hispanic Languages and Literature MA prepares students for professional and academic life. Students can choose to take classes full-time or part-time and to take online classes in Summer and Winter.

M.A. in Hispanic Languages and Literature

The curriculum leading to the Master of Arts degree may be terminal or may be combined with the Doctor of Philosophy program. In addition to proficiency in Spanish and English, reading knowledge in a third language is required. There is a general requirement of 36 graduate credit hours.

After completion of 30 graduate credit hours, a student must either take a basic comprehensive examination or complete a thesis/project. Each of these options is equivalent to six graduate credit hours. Students working on a part-time basis should complete all requirements within five years after their first regular graduate registration.

The M.A. thesis is written under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty with the advice of a second reader.

The M.A. thesis does not require an oral defense. Regulations regarding the writing of the M.A. thesis are the same as those applicable to the Ph.D. dissertation. These regulations are contained in the Guide to the Preparation of Theses and Dissertations, available on the Graduate School Web site.

Microcredential while obtaining the MA Degree

Hispanic Languages and Literature MA students can also earn a  Globalization Studies & International Relations microcredential while obtaining their MA.

M.A. in Teaching Spanish

The Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish is offered in conjunction with the School of Professional Development ( SPD MA in Teaching Foreign languages), and the Professional Education Program (PEP). This degree is designed as a course of study leading to New York State certification for teaching Spanish in secondary schools, grades 7-12. The M.A.T. normally entails a minimum of three semesters of study including courses on literature, linguistics and culture, professional education courses, and a supervised student teaching experience. In order to be eligible for admission to the M.A.T. in Spanish program, students must have completed an academic major in Spanish or its equivalent with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall in a bachelor's degree program.

The program consists of 44 required credits of course work: a minimum of 29 credits of education course work and 15 credits in the Spanish content area. Students select their five Spanish content area courses in consultation with the Graduate Director. Teacher candidates are also required to participate in 100 hours of field experience prior to their student teaching placement. A full description of the education courses and field experience may be found in the Bulletin under the School of Professional Development.