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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: 3

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

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

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

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree, preferably in Spanish, is required for admission.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be 2 to 3 pages in length and 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 each 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 or one course undertaken while the student is enrolled in Temple's 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 an undergraduate degree from a Spanish- or other non-English-speaking country.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

SPAN 8001: Hispanic Bibliography and Research

Of the 30 credits required, a minimum of 18 credits must be taken in advanced (non-5000-level) courses and a maximum of 12 credits may be taken in non-advanced (5000-level) courses.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: 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 the 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. The examination is taken after the student fulfills the 30-credit-hour course requirement and passes the reading-comprehension exam in a language other than Spanish or English.

All examinations must include representation from each of three course fields: Spanish Peninsular Literature, Spanish American Literature, and Hispanic Linguistics. The Graduate Faculty in Spanish and Portuguese write the questions. Faculty members from each of the three fields participate.

The Faculty members who write the questions evaluate responses on a scale of A to F, and then each answer is evaluated by a second reader.  To be evaluated as passing, 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 M.A. examination, and the ability to write expository prose.

Comprehensive examinations are administered once a semester. They are scheduled by the Graduate Chair, with whom students must register. The M.A. examination is given over a period of one week and is proctored by the Graduate Chair or an Administrative Assistant.

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



Luis Gonzalez del Valle


About the Program

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

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

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


Interdisciplinary Study:

Not applicable.


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 occasionally.


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.

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 tuition remission. Candidates for Teaching Assistantships should express their interest and special needs in an addendum to the personal statement of the application to the graduate program.

Updated 9.5.08