2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 14, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Spanish MA

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College: Arts and Humanities Degree: MA
Department: Modern Languages and Literatures Option: Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Websites: http://mll.cah.ucf.edu/graduate/spanish.php
Graduate Program Handbook

Program Description

The master’s program in Spanish is intended for those who wish to continue their study of the literature, linguistics and culture of the Spanish-speaking world at the graduate level.

The Spanish program focuses on the literature, linguistics, culture and civilization of Spain, Latin America, and Hispanics in the United States. Students in the program learn research methods, enhance language skills, and acquire a scholarly view of culture, literature, and linguistics of the Spanish-speaking world.


The master’s degree program in Spanish has both thesis and nonthesis options. A total of 36 credit hours of coursework for the nonthesis option or 30 credit hours of coursework plus 6 credit hours of thesis (3 credit hours minimum) are required of students seeking the master’s degree in Spanish. After 9-18 credit hours in the program, students are expected to select either Literature or Spanish Linguistics as their specialization.

Total Credit Hours Required: 36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

A minimum grade of “B” must be earned in each required course. Students will be allowed a maximum total of 6 semester hours of “C” grades in elective courses. Students are allowed to transfer up to 6 credit hours of corresponding graduate courses with the grade of “A” or “B” from an accredited university. University policies and procedures will be followed for all degree requirements. Courses are to be chosen from the following categories in accordance with the number of hours designated in each, based on the student’s specialization.

Literature Specialization

  • Research Methods: 3 Credit Hours
  • Spanish Linguistics: 3 Credit Hours
  • Culture and Civilization: 6 Credit Hours
  • Literature: 12 Credit Hours
  • Electives: 6 Credit Hours
  • Nonthesis Option Electives, 6 Credit Hours OR Thesis Option, 6 Credit Hours

Linguistics Specialization 

  • Research Methods: 3 Credit Hours
  • Spanish Linguistics: 12 Credit Hours
  • Culture and Civilization: 6 Credit Hours
  • Literature: 3 Credit Hours
  • Electives: 6 Credit Hours
  • Nonthesis Option Electives, 6 Credit Hours OR Thesis Option, 6 Credit Hours

Students must choose electives from the additional, available courses listed below in conjunction with their faculty adviser. The aim of the selections should be to complement the acquisition of knowledge in the particular area of Hispanic studies chosen. Courses must be selected so that at least one-half of the required courses are taken at the 6000 level.

All students are required to take SPW 6919 - Advanced Spanish Graduate Research , which results in a research paper that organizes and summarizes knowledge in a chosen area of study. All classes require a research paper that allows students to engage in independent learning.

Courses are delivered face to face, hybrid or online, and are conducted entirely in Spanish.

Required Courses—24 Credit Hours

Spanish Linguistics—3 Credit Hours for Literature Specialization or 12 Credit Hours for Linguistics Specialization

Culture and Civilization—6 Credit Hours for Literature Specialization or Linguistics Specialization

Literature—12 Credit Hours for Literature Specialization or 3 Credit Hours for Linguistics Specialization

* Examples of Seminar Series Topics: Don Quixote, Spanish American Literature Written by Women, Gabriel García Márquez, Memory and Identity in Modern Spanish Literature, Semantics and Pragmatics, Special Study in Spanish Linguistics

Research Methods—3 Credit Hours for Literature Specialization or Linguistics Specialization

Elective Courses—6 Credit Hours for Literature Specialization or Linguistics Specialization

All students in both the thesis and nonthesis options are required to take at least 6 credit hours of electives. These must be approved by your adviser.

  • Electives 6 Credit Hours

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours for Literature Specialization or Linguistics Specialization

  • SPW 6971 - Thesis Research and Thesis 6 Credit Hours

Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours for Literature Specialization or Linguistics Specialization

Students in the nonthesis option must take an additional 6 credit hours of electives as approved by your adviser.

  • Electives 6 Credit Hours

Comprehensive Examination Requirements and Reading List for Literature Specialization or Linguistics Specialization

Students must pass a comprehensive examination in order to qualify for the master’s degree in Spanish. This examination is based on knowledge of the literature and culture of Spain and Hispanic America and/or on concepts of linguistic theory and analysis.

Since this examination will be given toward the end of the coursework (only during fall and spring semesters), it is expected that the student will have developed an ability to analyze literature, culture, and linguistics at the graduate level. It is also expected that the responses, both written and oral, will show an excellent command of the Spanish language. The oral examination will follow the written examination and will allow students to expand more readily on particular points of culture, literature, and linguistics, and to show ability in the use of the spoken language.

If a student does not successfully pass both the written and oral comprehensive examinations, he or she may be able to retake the exams in the following semester (fall or spring). Thereafter, if the student does not pass the examinations the second time, he/she will be removed from the program.

The Graduate Committee has developed a reading list of major Peninsular, Latin American, and Linguistics works and works by Hispanics in the U.S., with which the student must be familiar. The comprehensive examination is based on the reading list and the courses that the student has taken.

Independent Learning

All classes require a research paper or research project that allows students to engage in independent learning. The program also offers a thesis option.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide following:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A bachelor’s degree in Spanish or a related field.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Writing sample written in Spanish on a topic of literature or linguistics of the Spanish-speaking world, including Hispanics in the USA
  • Interview with the Spanish MA Program Director.
  • Approval by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Application information is also available at mll.cah.ucf.edu/graduate/spanish.php.

Prospective students are expected to have read widely in Hispanic literature/linguistics and to be competent in understanding, reading, and writing Spanish. They should also be familiar with the vocabularies of literary criticism and grammar.

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on the evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant’s career/academic goals, and the applicant’s potential for completing the degree.

Application Deadlines

Spanish MA *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jul 1 Dec 1 Apr 1
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 Jul 1 Nov 1
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Lisa Nalbone PhD
Associate Professor
Telephone: 407-823-2472
Trevor Colbourn Hall (TCH) 360F

Graduate Admissions

Mike Burke
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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