Spanish and Portuguese, M.A. | University of Kansas | Lawrence, United States
12 months
23951 USD/year
23951 USD/year
9989 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Kansas has been distinguished for its quality and long term stability. 


Spanish, the second most spoken language in the world with approximately 559 million speakers, is the official language in 21 countries. The United States ranks second behind Mexico in the number of Spanish speakers. Similarly, Portuguese, the sixth most spoken language with approximately 210 million people, is the official language in 9 nations. Fluency in more than one language and an understanding of literary and cultural texts prepare students to become global citizens. At the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, we hone students’ oral and written skills of global languages and enrich their critical understanding of the world today.

We offer programs designed to help students acquire advanced training in Spanish at the Bachelors, M.A. and Ph.D. levels as well as minors in Spanish and Portuguese for undergraduate students in other disciplines. Exploring literatures, historical and contemporary, enable you to consider worlds beyond your own. This experience will help you gain important cultural competencies that can serve you well on the job market. While our programs emphasize literature, we also offer courses in Spanish and Portuguese languages, literary theory, Brazilian literatures, linguistics, and cultural studies. This knowledge is highly beneficial for people planning to go into academic and international careers, especially those planning to work with predominantly Latino/a populations in the United States. Spanish and Portuguese degrees are useful in such diverse careers as advertising, marketing, journalism, health services, government, social welfare, and public administration, among others. 

Why Study Spanish and Portuguese Literatures and Cultures at University of Kansas?

  • Join a robust and diverse student body of 100 undergraduate students
  • Be a part of a committed and interdisciplinary cohort of graduate students
  • Learn from 15 faculty members dedicated to scholarship and teaching
  • Travel to cities in Argentina, Brazil, or Spain as part of one of our five study aboard programs

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Medieval/Early morning Peninsular
  • Colonial Latin America (prior to 19th Century)
  • Modern/Contemporary Peninsular (19th-21st Century)
  • Codern/Contemporary Latin/o America

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A statement of academic objectives describing your intellectual development, previous academic training, and areas of academic interest, and identify the faculty member(s) you are interested working with based on your subject area of interest. 
  • A resume/curriculum vitae
  • Copy of an official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • A Spanish writing sample (not to exceed 30 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation with the appropriate waiver form
  • In exceptional cases, the department may recommend an applicant for provisional admission who does not meet the University’s minimum requirements for admission. This may occur, for example, if a student’s overall undergraduate GPA is deficient but the major GPA, GRE scores, and statement of academic objectives suggest strong potential for success in graduate student. All recommendations for provisional admission are contingent on approval by the College and University.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23951 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 23951 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    23951 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23951 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9989 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9989 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Lawrence

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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