Portuguese
MA
Application Deadlines
Fall:February 1
Contact Information: 
3190 JFSB
801-422-2196
spanportgradstudies@byu.edu
Program Requirements: 

Students must choose one of the following areas of specialization before applying to the program: Luso-Brazilian Literatures, Portuguese Linguistics, and Portuguese Pedagogy

Requirements for Luso-Brazilian Literatures Specialization:

  • Credit hours: 33.
  • Core required courses: 21 hours, including Port 601B, three 1-credit mini-courses (2 in literature and one in linguistics, pedagogy, or literature), and five courses in Luso-Brazilian Literature. 
  • Electives (6 hours): 3 hours in Portuguese linguistics and 3 hours in pedagogy. (Span/Port 673R does not count toward this requirement.)
  • Thesis or two-paper option: 6 credit hours of Port 699R, plus an oral defense.
  • Examinations: comprehensive, culminating written exam in specialty.
  • Completion of three semesters (college level or equivalent) of a second foreign language other than English in addition to language of specialization.
  • Teaching requirement: teach at least one Spanish or Portuguese language class (100/200 level).

Requirements for Portuguese Linguistics Specialization:

  • Credit hours: 33.
  • Core required courses: 18 hours, including Port 601A, Port 520, Span/Port 625, and Span/Port 626, either Port 521 or Port 522, and either Port 529R, Span 622, or Span 629R. 
  • Electives (9 hours): 6 hours in Luso-Brazilian literature and 3 hours in pedagogy. (Span/Port 673R does not count toward this requirement.)
  • Thesis or two-paper option: 6 credit hours of Port 699R, plus an oral defense.
  • Examinations: comprehensive, culminating, written exam in specialty.
  • Completion of three semesters (college level or equivalent) of a second foreign language other than English in addition to language of specialization.
  • Teaching requirement: teach at least one Spanish or Portuguese language class (100/200 level).

Requirements for Portuguese Pedagogy Specialization:

  • Credit hours: 33.
  • Core required courses: 18 hours, Span 601C, 671, 676; two courses in Spanish or Portuguese pedagogy; and three 1-credit mini-courses (2 in pedagogy and one in literature, linguistics, or pedagogy).  (Span/Port 673R does not count toward the core requirement).
  • Electives (9 hours): 3 hours in Hispanic linguistics and 6 hours in Luso-Brazilian literature.
  • Thesis or project option: 6 credit hours of Port 698R or Port 699R, plus an oral defense.
  • Examinations: comprehensive, culminating written exam in specialty.
  • Completion of three semesters (college level or equivalent) of a second foreign language other than English in addition to language of specialization.
  • Teaching requirement: teach at least one Spanish or Portuguese language class (100/200 level).
Admission Requirements: 
  • Resume
  • Statement of Intent
    • The purpose of the statement of intent is to provide information which is not included in your application or academic records and which may be useful to the admissions committee.  Write a carefully constructed statement of your academic preparation and goals, indicating how graduate work fits into those goals.  Statements are generally 1-2 pages but may have more specific requirements by department.  This statement gives the admissions committee an opportunity to learn the following:
      • Your preparation and background for the program to which you are applying and the special emphasis you hope to pursue in it,
      • Your academic or professional goals and reasons for your choice of career,
      • Your particular academic or professional reasons for applying to Brigham Young University and the scholarly or professional contributions you expect to make to your program;
      • Your expected graduate degree completion date, and
      • Any special circumstances you wish the department to consider, such as whether or not you plan to attend full-time, circumstances that may have affected undergraduate academic performance, test scores, etc.
  • Writing Sample
    • An 8-10 page research paper in Portuguese. Papers written in English will not be accepted.  If you do not have an 8-10 page research paper related to the area of emphasis to which you are applying (literature, linguistics, or pedagogy) you may submit two papers related to the area of emphasis as a single document to meet the 8-10 page requirement, expand a previously written research paper related to the area of emphasis, or create a new research paper exploring a topic related to the area of emphasis.
  • List of Advanced Language Courses
    • Please list any 300-level courses and above you have taken as outlined in the instructions below:
      • First column: List the university where the course was taken
      • Second column: List course number
      • Third column: List course title
      • Fourth column: List the grade you received in the class
  • References
    • Portuguese MA applicants must electronically submit three Letters of Recommendation.  While academic references are preferred, we do accept professional references.
Program Outcomes: 

Please contact the individual department for outcome information.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 6
International 2
Female 5
LDS 6
Minority 2
BYU Undergraduate 6
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 2.1
Graduated Per Year 3.0
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 4.4
Admitted Per Year 3.0
Percent Admitted 68.18
Average GPA 3.74