The M.A. program consists of 30 credit hours of coursework and it may be completed in two years of full-time study. The program prepares students to pursue a doctoral degree in Hispanic literature, linguistics or cultural studies, or a career in teaching in higher education or at the secondary level. It also offers high school teachers an excellent opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills as a means of career advancement.
Degree Requirements for the M.A.
• Thirty semester credit hours satisfies the requirements for the Master of Arts program in Hispanic Studies.
• Upon successful completion of course work with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (3.5 for Teaching Assistants) each candidate must pass a written comprehensive exam.
Applicants to the Master's program in Hispanic Studies must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, and must have at least 30 undergraduate credits in Spanish language and literature, or in other related field. More information:
Applicants to the Master's Program should submit the following materials:
o Application for admission online.
o Application fee. $50 payable by credit card online. The fee is waived for students with a
o Transcripts: Step 1 - You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts in the online application in
order to receive an admission decision. However, those who are offered admission must complete the
following process in order to enroll. Step 2- Official transcripts of all previous college work
undergraduate (and graduate where applicable), must be sent directly from your registrar's office to
the Office of Graduate Studies at Villanova. (Applicants in their last year of undergraduate study who
have not completed their bachelor’s degree should provide a transcript of all courses completed at the
time of application, and submit an official transcript when the undergraduate degree is completed.)
o Three letters of recommendation; please use the form found on the online application.
o A personal statement in English (max. 2 pages)
o A writing sample in Spanish (10-15 pages of academic writing, an essay or paper).
o GRE exam not required.
o All documents, with the exception of the transcripts, must be submitted electronically on the
o International students must take to TOEFL test.