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 requirements
    • PORT 601B:  (must be taken during your first semester)
    • Five courses in Luso-Brazilian Literature: 

      PORT 638
      PORT 639R
      PORT 642
      PORT 647
      PORT 649R
      PORT 652
      PORT 653
      PORT 659R
      PORT 661R
      PORT 662R
    • Three 1-credit mini-courses (PORT 581R, 582R, or 583R).  Choose two in literature (PORT 581R) and one in either Linguistics (PORT 582R) or Pedagogy (PORT 583R)
       
  • Electives (6 hours): 3 hours in Portuguese linguistics and 3 hours in pedagogy. (Span/Port 673R does not count toward this requirement.)
    • Portuguese Liguistics courses include:

      PORT 520
      PORT 521
      PORT 522
      PORT 529R
      PORT 625
      PORT 626
    • Pedagogy courses include:

      SPAN 671
      SPAN 672
      PORT 674
      SPAN 676
      SPAN 677
      SPAN 678
      PORT 679R
  • Thesis or one-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 requirements: 18 hours, including:
    • PORT 601A
    • PORT 520
    • PORT 625
    • PORT 626
    • One course in History of the Portuguese Language
    • One course in Language Variation
  • Elective courses (9 hours):
    • Two Luso-Brazilian Literature Courses:
      • PORT 638
      • PORT 639R
      • POR 642
      • PORT 647
      • PORT 649R
      • PORT 652
      • PORT 653
      • PORT 659R
      • PORT 661R
      • PORT 662R
    • One Pedagogy Course:
      • SPAN 671
      • SPAN 672
      • PORT 674
      • SPAN 676
      • SPAN 677
      • SPAN 678
      • SPAN 679R
      • (SPAN/PORT 673R does not count toward this requirement.)
  • Thesis or one-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 requirements: 18 hours including:
    • Port 601C,
    • Span 671,
    • Span 676;
    • Two courses in Spanish or Portuguese pedagogy
      • Span 672
      • Port 674
      • Span 677
      • Span 678
      • Port 679R
    • Three 1-credit mini-courses (PORT 581R, 582R, 583R) Choose two in pedagogy (PORT 583R) and one in Linguistics (PORT 582R) or Literature (PORT 581R), (Span/Port 673R does not count toward the core requirement).
  • Electives (9 hours):
    • Two Luso-Brazilian Literature courses:
      • Port 638
      • Port 639R
      • Port 642
      • Port 647
      • Port 649R
      • Port 652
      • Port 653
      • Port 659R
      • Port 661R
      • Port 662R
    • One Portuguese Linguistics course:
      • Port 520
      • Port 521
      • Port 522
      • Port 529R
      • Port 625
      • Port 626
  • Thesis or one-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).
Admission Requirements: 

Required Test:

GRE

Additional 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
Non-White 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