The Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies offers Certificates of Advanced Study at the pre-Master's and post-Master's level. The aim of the program is to prepare students to become first-rate scholars and teachers. 

Degree Requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Advanced Study

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Eighteen (18) semester graduate credit hours (six courses) of study
  • Those who already hold an M. A. degree in Spanish, or other, related fields may pursue specialized studies toward a post-Master's certificate (15 credits)

Certificate of Graduate Study in Hispanic Literature

For admission to the Pre-M.A. certificate you will need:

  • B.A. in Spanish, Latin American Studies, or related program.
  • Application fee of $50 payable by credit card online, or by check or money order to Villanova University. 
  • Official transcripts of all previous college work.
  • An academic writing sample in Spanish (10-15 pages)
  • A statement of purpose (2 pages in English) stating the reasons for joining the program and explaining your future plans.



Contact Dr. Adriano Duque, Director of the Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies, to discuss your unique situation, qualifications and goals. Phone: (610) 519-4723.

For more information about admission, visit the Graduate Arts and Sciences website.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT for Prospective Students:
Special tuition-reduction for Primary and Secondary School Teachers and Administrators.
For on-line application for admission click here.

Current students:
For information regarding comprehensive examinations on the policies of the Office of Graduate Studies click here, and regarding graduation click here.

What our graduates say about the Program:

"I was particularly pleased with the courses in cultural studies and postcolonialism and with the opportunity to learn about postmodernity in Spain and Latin America."        -Sue Davis, Prof. Emerita of Political Science, University of Delaware '10

"The graduate program in Hispanic Studies at Villanova is an excellent academic experience. The program maintains a fine balance between reading primary materials, learning the work of contemporary and past scholars, and developing original ideas through writing and research. It is also a community; each of the professors takes a very personalized approach to their classes and students know their professors on a personal level."     -Brian Yates '07

Admission Criteria

For admission to the certificate:follow these steps:

Apply on-line: click here

Contact Dr. Adriano Duque, Director of the Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies, to discuss your unique situation, qualifications and goals. Phone: 610-519-4723.

For more information about admission, visit the Graduate Arts and Sciences website.