The Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies offers Certificates of Advanced Study. The aim of the program is to prepare students to become first-rate scholars and teachers. To this end, the faculty places emphasis on providing students with a solid knowledge of literature and critical theory without neglecting a professional pedagogical training. 

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate 

Fifteen (15) semester graduate credit hours (five courses) of study are required of candidates who wish to obtain a certificate. Upon successful completion of course work with a minimum GPA of 3.0 a certificate will be awarded. 

For admission to the Certificate Program you will need:

B.A. in Spanish, Latin American Studies, or related program, and

  • Application fee. $50 payable by credit card online, or by check or money order (made payable to Villanova University). The fee is waived for students with a Villanova degree, or for students currently enrolled in a program at Villanova.
  • Official transcripts of all previous college work.
  • An academic writing sample in Spanish (10-15 pages). Please submit it online.
  • A statement of purpose (2 pages in English) about the reasons for your interest in the program and about your future plans (to be submitted online)


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.