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New Mexico State University
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Languages & Linguistics

LANGUAGES AND LINGUISTICS MASTER OF ARTS IN SPANISH

 

ABOUT OUR MA in SPANISH PROGRAM on the NMSU Campus

The Master’s degree in Spanish is offered on the NMSU campus here in Las Cruces, NM. The program is normally completed in two years (four semesters).  NMSU is accredited by the North Central Association. We do offer the same thirty-six credit MA Online for those students who are unable to come to campus. Please see our separate webpage for the Online MA Program.

 

STUDENTS NEED TO SELECT A SPECIFIC AREA OF INTEREST – LINGUISTICS OR LITERATURE

Under Linguistics, a student may take courses in: Linguistics, Research Methods, Language Teaching Methods, Phonetics and Phonology, Technical Translation and more…   Reading List

Under Literature, a student may take courses in: Latin American Literature, Poetry, US Hispanic Literature, Women Writers, Mexican Literature, Literary Translation, Teaching Methodology and more…  Reading List

 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The degree requires 36 semester hours of credit and has both a thesis and a non-thesis option. Demonstrated proficiency in a second foreign language (other than English) is required equivalent to two years of study.  Students will also be expected to complete a final written and oral exam.

 

NATURE OF THE COURSES

All courses are taught entirely in Spanish.  Some courses may require knowledge of English for reading texts and reference materials.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission requirements include the BA in Spanish. An undergraduate upper division Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above that include at least 12 semester hours of upper division undergraduate courses in Spanish with a GPA of at least 3.0 are required.  The required TOEFL scores for regular NMSU admission: 79 on the IBT or 550 on the paper-based test for applicants to graduate degree programs.

Students not meeting the above requirements may apply and be recommended for conditional admission by the Committee on Graduate Studies in Spanish. After meeting specific conditions set by this Committee, students may apply for regular graduate standing.


 

ADMISSION PROCEDURES

In order to apply to the MA Program in Spanish on the NMSU Campus, prospective students must complete the following the Graduate School Application Portal:

STEP 1 –a) Complete an online application for admission form.  


             b)  Have uploaded to the Graduate School: Original official transcripts and diplomas of all prior college-level course work from all schools attended. DO NOT SEND transcripts to the Department of Languages and Linguistics.

If you have a transcript and diploma from a university outside the United States you need to submit a certified translation of the transcripts into English along with this information.  DO NOT SEND transcripts to the Department of Languages and Linguistics.


STEP 2 – The second part of the application procedure for admission must be uploaded to the
Graduate School Application Portal.  Do not send the application to the Department of Languages and Linguistics.  This application must include the following items:

            a) A current resume (C.V.) in Spanish

            b) Three letters of recommendation from qualified professionals (written within the last six months), preferably from past professors

            c) A writing sample in Spanish of a minimum six pages in length (critical or creative writing texts). If you do not have a six page paper, you may submit multiple shorter works totaling six pages

            d) A language evaluation form to be completed and signed by a language evaluator:

                        Please use pdf form sent with this information

If you have an official ACTFL OPI rating certificate you may submit that in lieu of the Language Evaluation Form.

            f) An introductory letter in Spanish:

1) giving a brief biography of one or two paragraphs along with your goals and objectives for obtaining a Master’s degree

2) stating whether you are applying to the on-campus or on-line program

3) declaring your prospective area of interest (Linguistics or Literature)

4) indicating if you are applying to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Applying to the program does not guarantee admissions. Admissions is competitive. It is your responsibility to make sure that all your materials have been sent to the appropriate offices.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:   For the On-Campus program, we will review all completed applications once during the fall and spring semesters. Students wishing to be considered for entrance for the fall semester (August) need to have all their materials (including transcripts) to NMSU by January 15.  Students wishing to be considered for entrance for the spring semester (January) need to have all their materials (including transcripts) by September 15. Students will be advised upon their formal acceptance into the program.

For additional information contact:

    Prof. Jeff Longwell
    Graduate Program Director
    MA in Spanish Program (on campus)
    Department of Languages & Linguistics, MSC 3L
    Box 30001, New Mexico State University
    Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-0001

or

E-Mail: jelongwe@nmsu.edu