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Hispanic Languages and Literatures, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #47 (BCR) Pittsburgh, PA, United States
The University of Pittsburgh's graduate program in Hispanic Languages and Literatures is one of the top graduate programs in Latin American literature and cultural studies in the United States. The Department's Latin American specialization has existed for more than 25 years.


The graduate program in Hispanic languages and literatures at the University of Pittsburgh offers a five-year Doctor of Philosophy with an en route Master of Arts degree and a terminal Master of Arts degree. All graduate students specialize in Latin American literature and elect a minor field in Peninsular or Brazilian literature or cultural studies.

We encourage interdisciplinary perspectives; many students supplement their HLL studies in Hispanic languages and literatures by pursuing related work in other Pitt programs and departments. These include the Center for Latin American Studies and Pitt programs in Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, Film Studies, West European Studies and Hispanic Linguistics.

Faculty interests and areas of specialization span a range of topics: as noted, collectively the department’s strengths are in the areas of Latin American literature, cultural theory, and cultural studies, with special depth in race, ethnicity, and post-colonial studies. The department has become noted in recent years for its international conferences on Latin American cultural studies, which have brought to the campus some of the most prominent figures in this emerging interdisciplinary field.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Spanish 2467 Testimonio and ethnographic narrative
  • Testimonial & social literature 
  • Twentieth century Latin American essay 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • In addition to completed forms, applicants are required to submit a fee of U.S. $50, a brief (2–3 page maximum) statement of academic interests, three (3) letters of recommendation, unofficial transcripts of all post-secondary academic work, and official translations if documents are not already in English.
  • Applicants for the graduate program must submit a sample of written work, at least 15–20 pages in length, in Spanish, Portuguese, or English. If the paper submitted is in English, we ask that a 3-5 page text in Spanish also be submitted.
  • The GRE is not required for applicants to the Hispanic Languages program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    13198 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13198 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Pittsburgh

  • 1148 - 1950 USD/month
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