Spanish
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: Hispanic Literatures, Hispanic Linguistics, and Spanish Pedagogy.

Requirements for Hispanic Literatures Specialization:

  • Credit hours: 33.
  • Core required courses: 21 hours, including Span 601B
  • Five courses in Hispanic Literature:  at least two courses from each regional emphasis (Peninsular or Spanish American Literature).  SPAN 635 (Hispanic Cinema) and SPAN 602R (Contemp. Lit. Theory) may not be used to fulfill this minimum regional requirement.
    • Peninsular Literature Emphasis:
      • SPAN 640
      • SPAN 643R
      • SPAN 644
      • SPAN 646R
      • SPAN 648R
      • SPAN 649R
    • Spanish American Literature Emphasis
      • SPAN 650R
      • SPAN 654R
      • SPAN 655R
      • SPAN 656R
      • SPAN 658R
      • SPAN 659R
      • SPAN 661
  • Three 1-credit mini-courses (680R).  Choose two in Literature and one in either Linguistics or Pedagogy
  • Electives (6 hours):
    • One Hispanic Linguistics Course (SPAN 529R, 622, 625, 626 and 629R may not be appropriate selections for candidates without significant experience in linguistics):
      • SPAN 520
      • SPAN 521
      • SPAN 522
      • SPAN 529R
      • SPAN 622
      • SPAN 625
      • SPAN 626
      • SPAN 629R
    • One Spanish Pedagogy Course:
      • SPAN 671
      • SPAN 672
      • SPAN 674
      • SPAN 676
      • SPAN 677
      • SPAN 678
  • Thesis or two-paper option: 6 credit hours of SPAN 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 language class (100/200 level).

Requirements for Hispanic Linguistics Specialization:

  • Credit hours: 33.
  • Core required courses: 21 hours including:
    • SPAN 601A
    • SPAN 625
    • SPAN 626
    • History of the Spanish Language (choose one course):
      • SPAN 521
      • SPAN 522
    • Spanish Language Variation (choose one course):
      • SPAN 529R
      • SPAN 622
      • SPAN 629R
    • One additional course in Linguistics from the following:
      • SPAN 520
      • SPAN 529R
      • SPAN 622
      • SPAN 629R
  • Three 1-credit mini-courses (680R)  Choose two in Linguistics and one in Literature or Pedagogy
  • Electives (6 hours):
    • One Hispanic Literature Course:
      • SPAN 639
      • SPAN 640
      • SPAN 643R
      • SPAN 644
      • SPAN 646R
      • SPAN 648R
      • SPAN 649R
      • SPAN 650R
      • SPAN 654R
      • SPAN 655R
      • SPAN 656R
      • SPAN 658R
      • SPAN 659R
      • SPAN 661
    • One Spanish Pedagogy Course:
      • SPAN 671
      • SPAN 672
      • SPAN 674
      • SPAN 676
      • SPAN 677
      • SPAN 678
  • Thesis or two-paper option: 6 credit hours of Span 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 language class (100/200 level).

Requirements for Spanish Pedagogy Specialization:

  • Credit hours: 33.
  • Core required courses (21 hours) include:
  • Three courses in Spanish Pedagogy from the following (SPAN 673R does not count for this requirement)
    • SPAN 577
    • SPAN 672
    • SPAN 674
    • SPAN 677
    • SPAN 678
    • SPAN 69R
  • Three 1-credit mini-courses (680R)  Choose two in Pedagogy and one in Literature or Linguistics 
  • Electives (6 hours):
    • One Hispanic Literature course:
      • SPAN 639
      • SPAN 640
      • SPAN 643R
      • SPAN 644
      • SPAN 646R
      • SPAN 648R
      • SPAN 649R
      • SPAN 650R
      • SPAN 654R
      • SPAN 655R
      • SPAN 656R
      • SPAN 658R
      • SPAN 659R
      • SPAN 661
    • One Hispanic Linguistics Course: (Spanish 529R, 622, 625, 626, and 629R may not be appropriate selections for candidates without significant experience in linguistics):
      • SPAN 520
      • SPAN 521
      • SPAN 522
      • SPAN 529R
      • SPAN 622
      • SPAN 625
      • SPAN 626
      • SPAN 629R
  • Thesis or project option: 6 credit hours of Span 698R or 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 language class (100/200 level).
Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests

GRE

TOEFL or IELTS (international applicants only)

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 Spanish. 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
    • Spanish 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 32
International 3
Female 16
LDS 32
Non-White 14
BYU Undergraduate 22
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 2.5
Graduated Per Year 10.0
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 17.8
Admitted Per Year 11.8
Percent Admitted 66.29
Average GPA 3.70