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Graduate Bulletin

Spanish, M.A.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15

Spring: October 15

Applications are evaluated as they arrive, with attention paid to deadlines.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members with personal knowledge of your academic achievements.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

An undergraduate major in Spanish or its course-work equivalent is required for entrance into the M.A. Program.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:


Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be two to three pages in length and should include the following: your interest in Temple's Spanish program, your future career goals, your research goals, your academic achievements, and any related experience. Applicants interested in Teaching Assistantships, Fellowships, or other financial support may describe special needs in an addendum to their personal statement.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. Typical GRE scores range from 500 to 700 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections of the exam. Special consideration is given to applicants who have studied in the U.S. but whose native language is not English.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Three credits (one course) undertaken while the student is enrolled in the Temple Spanish M.A. program may be transferred from a program in a Spanish-speaking country. The course must be a graduate course and it must be approved by the Graduate Advisor. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 3.

Test Waivers:

The GRE examination requirement is waived for applicants with undergraduate degrees from Spanish- or other non-English-speaking countries.

Program Requirements

Campus Location:

Main Campus

Summer graduate courses are available at Ambler campus.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m.

General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Spanish 990 (Hispanic Bibliography and Research)

Students must achieve a minimum of 18 credits in advanced (non-700-level) courses; a maximum of 12 credits may be taken in non-advanced (700-level) courses.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: Yes, a language examination is required. Students must pass a written reading-comprehension examination in a foreign language other than Spanish. Examinations are usually taken in Romance languages or German. Other languages may be accepted with approval.

Culminating Events:

Comprehensive Examination:

The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to evaluate the breadth and depth of students' knowledge of the discipline. Students must write a six-hour written comprehensive examination based on a reading list.

Comprehensive Exam Subject - All examinations must include representation from each of the following three course fields (Spanish Peninsular Literature, Spanish American Literature, and Hispanic Linguistics).

Comprehensive Exam Complete - Students take the examination after fulfilling the 30-credit-hour course requirement and passing the reading- comprehension exam in a language other than Spanish or English.

Comprehensive Exam Write - The Graduate Faculty in Spanish and Portuguese write the questions. Faculty members from each field of the Spanish Graduate Program (Spanish Peninsular Literature, Spanish American Literature, and Hispanic Linguistics) participate.

Comprehensive Exam Grade - The Faculty members who write the questions evaluate responses on a scale of A-F; each answer is also evaluated by a second reader.

Comprehensive Exam Pass - To be evaluated as a passing examination, a grade of B- or higher must be achieved in response to each examination question. Evaluators look for an understanding of core concepts, the application of principles of critical analysis to texts from the reading list for the MA examination, and the ability to write expository prose.

Comprehensive Exam Schedule - Comprehensive examinations are administered once a semester. They are scheduled by the Graduate Chair, and students must register for the exam with the Graduate Chair. The MA examination is given over a period of one week and is proctored by the Graduate Chair or the Administrative Assistant of the Department.


Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese
Anderson Hall, 4th Floor
1114 W. Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


Gerardo Augusto Lorenzino


Program Coordinator:

Gerardo Augusto Lorenzino

Graduate Chairperson:

Gerardo Augusto Lorenzino



Jonathan C. Holmquist


About the Program

The Graduate Program in Spanish integrates the traditional fields of Hispanic Studies concentrating on Literature and Linguistics. At the level of the M.A., it provides a solid program developing advanced Spanish-language skills for diverse careers and trains students in the exercise of pedagogical and research skills, which are necessary for the pursuit of a Ph.D.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location:

Main Campus

Summer graduate courses are available at Ambler campus.

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m. Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:


Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese
Anderson Hall, 4th Floor
1114 W. Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122



Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

Areas of specialization are Spanish Peninsular Literature, Spanish American Literature, and Hispanic Linguistics.

Job Placement:

Graduates of the M.A. Program in Spanish typically find employment in secondary education, in business and government, and in social and medical services.


Not applicable.

Interdisciplinary Study:

Not applicable.

Study Abroad:

Students may apply one approved non-Temple graduate course done in a Spanish-speaking country toward fulfillment of the M.A. requirements in Spanish. Opportunities for graduate study abroad through Temple programs are available on an occasional basis.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students may take up to three courses with approval of the Department or Graduate Chair.

Financing Opportunities

Teaching Assistants typically teach basic and intermediate Spanish, or specialized language-skills courses. Assistantships carry a stipend and full-tuition remission. Candidates for Teaching Assistantships should express their interest and special needs in a addendum to the personal statement of the application to the graduate program.

Other Financial Opportunities