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Spanish Graduate Programs of Study

Masters of Arts in Spanish as a Second/Bilingual Language (5771)

The M.A. program in Spanish as a Second or Bilingual Language (formerly known as Applied Spanish Linguistics), is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced study in Spanish linguistics, with a focus on the psycholinguistic aspects of second language acquisition and the sociolinguistics of language contact. The program intends to meet the needs and goals of students who seek academic preparation to pursue advanced work in these fields.

Masters of Arts in Hispanic Literatures (5733)

The M.A. program in Hispanic Literatures is designed primarily for students who plan to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree, and to join the faculties of colleges or universities as scholars and teachers. The program prepares students in the language, literatures, and cultures of the Hispanic world, with an emphasis on literary, linguistic and cultural studies and scholarly investigation.

Doctor of Philosophy in Hispanic Cultural Studies (5734)

The Ph.D. program in Hispanic Cultural Studies prepares students in the literatures, languages, and cultures of the Hispanic world. Students who are enrolled in this program will select a primary and a secondary area of emphasis, and may elect an emphasis in interdisciplinary studies.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Hispanic Cultural Studies prepares students in the literatures, languages, and cultures of the Hispanic world. Students who are enrolled in this program will select a primary and a secondary area of emphasis, and may elect an emphasis in interdisciplinary studies, comparative literature, or Romance languages and literatures.

Funding Opportunities

Complete Applications for admission to MA or Ph.D. study uploaded by December 1 will be eligible to compete for assistantships and fellowships for the following Fall semester. Applications at other times may be considered for funding. There is no separate application for assistantships. Admission is competitive, and qualifying graduate students are financially supported by teaching or research assistantships.

TROPOS Graduate Student Association

TROPOS (way of life, manner, style) is a graduate non-profit student organization of the Department of Romance and Classical Languages at Michigan State University.

As part of our efforts to provide graduate students from across the field with the opportunity to gain valuable experience in scholarly dialogue and publication, TROPOS hosts a graduate student conference and publishes a journal on a regular basis. From literature and cinema to linguistics and creative writing pieces, we hope our readers are inspired, entertained, and provoked to thought.

Contacts

Graduate Secretary

Tanner Schudlich (he/him/his)
schudlic@msu.edu
+1 (517) 884-1515
French and Spanish Graduate Programs

Graduate Program Advisors

Professor Gabriela Alfaraz
alfarazg@msu.edu
Spanish as a Second/Bilingual Language M.A. Program

Professor Miguel Cabanas
mcabanas@msu.edu
Hispanic Literatures and Hispanic Cultural Studies M.A./Ph.D. Programs

Graduate School

Graduate School Website
(517) 355-1855
gradschool@grd.msu.edu

Office of Admissions

Office of Admissions Website
(517) 355-8332
Email Admissions


Admissions

Michigan State University has an online application system through the Office of Admissions.

Domestic applicants
International applicants

If you are unable to access the online application, please contact The Graduate School via email gradschool@grd.msu.edu to check on the availability of a paper application.
Once you've submitted an application for admission, you will receive an email with your Applicant ID. You can use your Applicant ID and password to get the most up-to-date information on your application status by logging in to your "Be a Spartan" online student portal.

Information for All Applicants

Michigan State University has a decentralized graduate admissions process. Many majors have specific admissions requirements (e.g., deadlines for submitting application materials, minimum grade-point averages, and special application packets). For specific program requirements and information, please refer to your program website, program graduate advisor, and program secretary.

You may submit up to two (2) applications to different graduate majors in the SAME semester. Each must be accompanied by a full set of documents as required by MSU and the individual graduate programs. Each application requires payment of the application fee.

Michigan State University reserves the right to make changes in its programs, policies, rules, regulations, procedures, fees, tuition, housing rates, organizational structure, and faculty and staff through the appropriate university processes. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as is possible in the event of such changes.

MSU must reserve the right to modify or eliminate programs that are described in these pages. In the event such an action is taken, students affected will be advised by their units of the options available to them to complete their degrees. Every reasonable effort will be made to permit students to complete their programs.

Requirements for Admissions

In addition to the online Application form, please note the following additional requirements for admission into each Spanish graduate program:

Master of Arts in Spanish as a Second/Bilingual Language or Hispanic Literatures

  • Degree of Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Spanish, Hispanic Studies, Spanish Philology, or equivalent, depending on the desired specialization.
  • GPA of 3.0 or more (or equivalent).
  • 3 letters of recommendation.
  • Transcript and degrees or diplomas: Request that all colleges or universities attended, or examination boards send original hard copy of all transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets, and certificates directly to Michigan State University in an official, sealed envelope.
  • Statement of purpose (500 words)
  • English Language proficiency. Prospective graduate students who are not native speakers of Spanish must demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language they will teach, before being awarded an assistantship. The language director or another faculty member will interview candidates by phone.
  • International Students and/or prospective graduate students who are not native speakers of English must take the TOEFL test. See Graduate Handbook for minimum scores to be considered for admission.
  • International students must also pass an oral proficiency test in English upon their arrival at Michigan State University.

Doctor of Philosophy in Hispanic Cultural Studies

  • Degree of Master of Arts with a Major in Spanish, Hispanic Studies, Spanish Philology, or equivalent, depending on the desired specialization.
  • GPA of 3.25 or more (or equivalent) in Spanish languages, literature and culture MA coursework.
  • Academic writing sample in Spanish.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Transcript and degrees or diplomas: Request that all colleges or universities attended, or examination boards send original or attested copies of all transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets, and certificates directly to Michigan State University in an official, sealed envelope.
  • Statement of purpose (500 words)
  • English Language proficiency. Prospective graduate students who are not native speakers of Spanish must demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language they will teach, before being awarded an assistantship. The language director or another faculty member will interview candidates by phone.
  • International Students and/or prospective graduate students who are not native speakers of English must take the TOEFL test and receive a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based version or 213 on the computer-based version of the test.
  • International students must also pass an oral proficiency test in English upon their arrival at Michigan State University.

Information for International Applicants

MSU welcomes international applicants and provides a number of resources to assist with the application process.

 

Please be sure that all required physical copies of admissions documents are sent to the address listed below:

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies Graduate Office
619 Red Cedar Rd.
B331 Wells Hall
East Lansing, MI, USA 48824


Graduate Student Resources

Graduate Program Handbooks

The graduate handbook contains detailed information about the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, policies, and each degree program's coursework requirements.

Other Useful Forms and Resources