Hispanic Studies, M.A. | University of Washington | Seattle, United States
24 months
31530 USD/year
31530 USD/year
18057 USD/year
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The Hispanic Studies program from University of Washington devotes increased attention to the rich diversity of Hispanic cultural texts and to their interdisciplinary study while also promoting broad understanding of Spanish and Latin American literature. 


Key facts

We revised our MA degree in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies in 2001 to foster study of Hispanic culture, literature, and language together. The program gives careful attention to acquainting students with the traditions of scholarship in our field as well as a range of current textual theory, criticism and research methods. Study of Portuguese and other Romance literatures and cultures, Comparative Literature, Romance and Spanish Linguistics, and other related disciplines may be included in the Master's Degree program. The degree is earned normally in six academic quarters.

Our MA Graduates

Some graduates of the Hispanic Studies program from University of Washington pursue careers in teaching at the secondary and community college levels, while others use their Spanish skills in business, politics and translation. Many of our MA students go on to pursue doctoral studies in a variety of fields.


Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is the oldest state-assisted institution of higher education on the Pacific coast. The University's beautiful 700-acre park-like campus borders two lakes in a residential section of Seattle, three miles from the city center. With a student enrollment of 35,000 and a faculty of 3,500, the University has achieved an outstanding, international reputation for its diverse academic programs and distinguished faculty, its notable and varied research contributions, and its broad range of public services.

We invite you to consult www.washington.edu/discover for additional information about the University of Washington.


The city's metropolitan population of 3,500,000 (700,000 in Seattle) supports vibrant cultural, educational and recreational institutions, including flourishing opera, symphony, ballet, and professional theater groups, and major-league sports teams. The city hosts a renowned International Film Festival and boasts a lively film, theater, book and café culture. Seattle enjoys a mild climate year-round and is one of the nation's most beautiful, cosmopolitan, and liveable cities.


The nearby Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, the state's abundant lakes and rivers, the waters of Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean, as well as the area's productive vineyards, orchards, crop lands, and forests, offer Seattle residents unsurpassed natural beauty and a rich variety of recreational opportunities.

Advanced Study and Research Support

The University of Washington Library system, exceeding 5,000,000 cataloged volumes and more than 50,000 serials, ranks high among the acclaimed American academic research libraries. The University's exceptional support facilities include the generously endowed Simpson Center for the Humanities, and the Center for Advanced Research Technology in the Arts and Humanities. The latter provides high-level expertise (including optical scanning, database, and programing support) for the University's humanities departments. The University's many theaters, concert halls, galleries, language-learning and media centers, broadcasting stations, and satellite reception facility, are also used by students and faculty in research, instruction, and performance projects.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies is the home of the Center for Spanish Studies, a cooperative initiative of the Embassy of Spain and the State of Washington, that provides support to teachers and students of Spanish.

Programme Structure

Courses Overview:

  • A total of 60 applicable credits (500-level and above). Please note that SPAN 600 credits used for MA exam preparation do not fulfill any degree requirement and do not count toward the 60-credit total needed to graduate. 
  • In exceptional circumstances, students may petition the GPC (Graduate Program Coordinator) to carry out coursework at the 400-level. 
  • To remain in good standing the student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on the University's 4.0 grade scale. The minimum acceptable grade for any given course is 2.7.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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60 alternative credits

quarter credits


On Campus

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General requirements

  • The University's Office of Graduate Admissions ascertains that the University's general requirements have been met. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies judges the more specialized requisites and will insist that applicants hold at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, with a major (or equivalent study) in Spanish. 
  • A grade-point average of no less than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the combined junior and senior years of undergraduate work, as well as for any post-graduate study already accomplished, is highly desirable. No minimum GRE (Graduate Record Examination) score is required from applicants who are required to take this test.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31530 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 31530 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    31530 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31530 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    18057 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18057 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Seattle

1480 - 2580 USD /month
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