Master of Arts in Spanish

The Online Master of Arts in Spanish

The MA in Spanish is a fully online, 30 credit program of study that provides high school teachers of Spanish and other individuals seeking to reach an advanced level of proficiency the opportunity to attain the qualifications and language skill level required to participate effectively in a variety of educational and professional settings. Students are encouraged to personalize their program of study by including nine credits of elective coursework in Spanish, Spanish for the Professions, or in another approved area of study. Students may begin their studies year-round, applying for the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester. 

Curriculum, Master of Arts in Spanish

The MA in Spanish is a two-year program full time, but students may complete the MA on a part-time basis. Students can expect a rigorous and rewarding program of study centered on advanced mastery of the Spanish language, development of a deeper understanding of Hispanic literature and cultures, and the opportunity to explore developments in language and second language pedagogy. There are two main components to the MA: 1) Coursework and 2) the M.A. Exams.

Total credits: 30

Required Courses: 15 required credits

SPAN 5500Spanish Advanced Grammar3
SPAN 5501Graduate Discourse3
SPAN 5541Survey of Peninsular Literature and Civilization3
or SPAN 5542 Survey of Latin American Literature and Civilization
SPAN 5545Critical Theory3
SPAN 6690Spanish Graduate Seminar3
SPAN 6695Capstone in Spanish3

Suggested Electives:

Students choose 15 elective credits with a minimum of twelve credits at the 66XX level in Spanish or in another, approved area of study. Your assigned MA advisor and the MA program Director must approve electives from other programs.

GLBL 6600Global Hispanic Issues3
LANG 5537The Teaching of Foreign Languages3
SPAN 5541Survey of Peninsular Literature and Civilization3
SPAN 5542Survey of Latin American Literature and Civilization3
SPAN 6600Topics in Spanish Language3
SPAN 6675Topics in Culture and Literature3
SPAN 6676Topics in Culture and Literatures II3
SPAN 6690Spanish Graduate Seminar3
SPAN 6695Capstone in Spanish3

a.        Additional requirements.  

OPI: In order to graduate, students must achieve a minimal rating of Advanced-Low on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview. Students not achieving the required score may not graduate until achieving the score. The OPI must be taken no later than the 15th of October for December graduation, 15th of March for May graduation, or June 15th for August graduation. Students not achieving an Advanced Low may re-take the OPI until achieving the required score.

Defense: Students will defend the capstone project. Students must receive a “Pass” from all 3 members of the committee. A student not earning a “PASS” from the committee members may re-schedule the defense for the following academic term.

MA Exams: Students will take MA Exams. Please see the MA in Spanish Student Handbook for detailed information. M.A. Exams may be taken in fall or spring. Please verify dates set by department with your advisor.


  1. Apply to the Graduate School at Graduate School admissions requirements are here: Graduate Admissions Requirements. Create your account, pay the application fee, and start uploading the required information. For assistance call 208-282-2150 or email
  2. In addition, you will need the following:
  3. 3 letters of recommendation from non- family members
  4. A 1.0-1.5 page statement from you, in Spanish, stating why you seek admission into this program and how you think it will benefit you.  

Need Help?

  • MA Program Director, Dr. Cathleen Tarp, at
  • Graduate School Admissions: 208-282-2150 or
  • Department of Global Studies & Languages: 208-282- 3043 or