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Spanish, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #601 (QS) , NM,
Welcome to the Department of Spanish at The University of New Mexico, you will soon come to know the strengths and specialties of our faculty members, the support of our staff, and to enjoy the camaraderie and enthusiasm of your fellow graduate students.


Graduate Programs

The selection of new graduate students at the Spanish program is one of the most serious tasks of the departmental faculty, and working with our graduate students is one of the activities to which we most look forward. As scholars and researchers, our work can only become more complete through interaction with our students; we grow intellectually in response to your inquiring spirit. You will find an excellent faculty who will not only work hard to teach and mentor you, but who also wish to interact and exchange ideas and concepts with you.

Graduate instruction in Spanish and Portuguese has been taught here at The University of New Mexico since 1937 and the University’s first PhD was awarded in Hispanic Linguistics. Many of the world’s greatest Hispanists and writers have taught at the University of New Mexico. Ortega Hall is named after one distinguished colleague, the Robert Duncan Reading Room after another. Aurelio Espinosa, who wrote one of the earliest comprehensive descriptions of a Spanish dialect about Northern New Mexico Spanish, once taught in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, as did Rubén Cobos, author of the definitive dictionary of New Mexico Spanish. Garland Bills and Neddy Vigil published an Atlas of the Spanish spoken in New Mexico and Southern Colorado. The Department has also been home to several other writers of worldwide fame: Ángel González, poet and winner of many prestigious literary awards, Dinko Cvitanovic, an Argentine literary critic, Ramón Sender, Gustavo Sainz, and Sabine Ulibarrí. Graduates of our programs have added to the faculty of many of the nation’s finest universities and are also found in other professional positions. Our conferences on literature and language of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking worlds have been resounding successes. Many of our faculty members have directed important research projects, and other professors have won prizes for creative writing, translation, teaching, and scholarly research.

The continuing lifeblood of the Department is its graduate program, which continues to attract the finest candidates for the M.A. and Ph.D. from around the country and around the globe.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Elementary Spanish I
  • Elementary Spanish II
  • Elem Span Heritage Language I
  • Elem Span Heritage Language II
  • Intermediate Spanish I
  • Intermediate Spanish II

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    33 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Courses include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Narrative statement of intent
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Teaching Assistantship (TA)
  • English Language Proficiency 
  • Relevant Coursework

Tuition Fee

  • International

    967 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 967 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    286 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 286 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Albuquerque

  • 870 - 1360 USD/month
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