Master's in Hispanic Studies


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.
  • to pursue career in teaching in higher education.
  • to enhance their teaching skills as a means of career advancement.

Degree Requirements for the M.A.

  • Ten courses, or thirty semester credit hours, satisfy the course 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.

Admission Requirements for the M.A.

  • 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.

  • Applicants to the Master's Program in Hispanic Studies should submit the following materials
    • Application for admission online.
    • Application fee. $50 payable by credit card online. 
    • Transcripts: Step 1 – Students admitted into the program must submit a copy of their academic transcripts directly        from the registrar's office where the student finalized his/her BA degree, to
 the Office of Graduate Studies at Villanova  University.
    • Three letters of recommendation; please use the form found on the online application.
    • A personal statement in English (max. 2 pages) stating why you want to study a MA in Hispanic Studies.
    • A writing sample in Spanish (10-15 pages of academic writing, an essay or paper).
  • All documents, with the exception of the transcripts, and letters of recommendations, must be submitted electronically.
  • International students must take the TOEFL test.
    • Students applying to the program will need to have an interview in Spanish with the program director.