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Accelerated B.A./M.A. in Spanish

Saint Louis University’s accelerated B.A. / M.A. in Spanish offers qualified students majoring in Spanish the opportunity of beginning work toward the master's degree in Spanish while completing requirements for the bachelor's degree.

Students may apply up to 15 graduate credits to both the B.A. and M.A. For the B.A., those credits will all satisfy major electives.

How to Apply

Applying for the B.A./M.A. Spanish program requires no application fee or standardized test scores. Applicants are undergraduates who have declared a Spanish major or have the equivalent. They have a GPA of at least 3.00 in their Spanish coursework and have completed a minimum of 45 undergraduate credit hours. 

Applicants complete the form for provisional acceptance to the accelerated bachelor's. Included in the application are the applicant’s curriculum vitae, a one-page goals statement, a writing sample in Spanish, and an interview. The materials are submitted to the department’s graduate coordinator in Spanish.

How to Register for Graduate Classes

Upon provisional acceptance to the B.A./M.A. accelerated program, but prior to earning the B.A., students use the following procedure to register for graduate classes:

  • E-mail the associate dean for graduate affairs with the following information: Banner ID, semester of requested enrollment, the CRN and course number of the classes.
  • The associate dean will notify the applicant when it is possible to self-register for the courses.

Students taking graduate-level courses as an undergraduate must earn a final grade of “B” or better in each of the courses in order for it to count toward the M.A. following conferral of the B.A.

Petition for Admission to the M.A. Program

In the final semester of the B.A. portion of the degree and after having applied to graduate, students will petition for classified admission to the M.A. program. Graduate courses to be credited to both the undergraduate and graduate programs (15 credits maximum) are listed on the petition. Once the admission petition is approved by the associate dean, students may take course work beyond the baccalaureate.

M.A. Continuation Standards

The requirements for the M.A. in Spanish are the same as for the regular master’s program.

For the M.A., students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (B) and a GPA of at least 3.00 in all coursework in Spanish.

Learn more information about guidelines and procedures.

Graduate Assistanships or Scholarships

Students may apply for graduate assistantships or scholarships only after they have applied for and obtained classified admission status in the master’s program. Students remain classified as undergraduates for purposes of financial aid and scholarships until the bachelor’s degree is awarded.