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Spanish, M.A. (Madrid)

The Master of Arts in Spanish from SLU-Madrid provides students with a generalist foundation in Spanish Peninsular and Latin American literature, teaching and applied linguistics. All courses required for the M.A. in Spanish can be taken both during the traditional academic year and over three or four summers, or in a combination of both ways. You can also fulfill requirements for the M.A. in Spanish through a combination of study at the Madrid Campus and the St. Louis Campus.

Earn an M.A. During the Summer

We offer the option of earning the M.A. in Spanish during the summer only. A popular option for language teachers, students can enroll in graduate classes that run from late June to the end of July and complete the full degree over four or five summers.

Spanish, M.A. at SLU-Madrid

M.A. in Spanish

Our M.A. in Spanish will immerse you in the language and its cultures, while providing you with the tools to achieve high standards of literary scholarship. Graduates gain a linguistic and cultural base that positions them for careers in education, research and scholarship, writing and editing, diplomatic service, translation and interpretation, social services, business and commerce. The program also provides solid preparation for students who plan to pursue doctoral study in Spanish or comparative literature.

As a student in the program, you'll gain an appreciation of the cultural and historical events that have shaped Spain and the Americas as well as the artistic and literary movements that accompanied them. The program will enhance your academic fluency and accuracy of expression. It will deepen your knowledge of the Spanish language and Hispanic literature. You will also learn the best pedagogical practices based on theoretical understandings of language teaching and learning, with the opportunity to have hands-on experience working as a teaching assistant. Finally, you will also engage with SLU-Madrid's vibrant faculty — organizing and presenting at the department's annual Spanish Symposium, attending guest lectures and readings, and collaborating on research. 

Obtener mi Máster en español en SLU-Madrid ha sido la experiencia académica más gratificante de mi vida, y me ha dado recuerdos que durarán toda la vida."

Kristen Rader, M.A. in Spanish

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For information about the assessment of student learning in this program, please see the University-wide website.

Curriculum Overview

The M.A. in Spanish is designed for students who have majored or minored in Spanish or a related field of study. The program is divided into two stages: The first consists of advanced study through the completion of 30 credit hours distributed among ten 3-credit courses. Program requirements do not follow a specific order, which allows you to adapt coursework to your own pace and interests. 

The required credit hours should include the following:

  • Six credit hours of Peninsular Spanish studies.
  • Six credit hours of Latin American studies.
  • Six credit hours of teaching methods or linguistics. 
  • The remaining 12 credit hours, distributed according to the student's interest: literary analysis, linguistics and teaching, or creative writing.

The second stage is developed independently by the student, through the reading of a list of selected books and articles. After completing the courses and reading the works on the list, you'll demonstrate that you have fulfilled the goals of the program through written and oral exams. The written exam is based on the reading list; the questions during the final oral exam relate to the courses that the student has taken in the program.

Date of the Master's written exam (Fall 2022): Thursday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

M.A. in Spanish Reading List (PDF)

Internships and Careers

M.A. in Spanish graduates use the background and skills acquired in the program to continue their studies in a Ph.D. program in Spanish or comparative literature; they also pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Education, research and scholarship.
  • Writing and editing.
  • Translation and interpretation.
  • Diplomatic service and leaders of international institutions.
  • Business, commerce and social services.

Our Spanish faculty hold doctoral degrees from leading Spanish, American and European universities, offering the program a wealth of knowledge and research across a diverse range of literary movements in Spain and Latin America, as well as in applied linguistics.

Tuition and Fees

SLU-Madrid is committed to providing a quality Jesuit education at an affordable price. Tuition rates at the Madrid Campus are approximately 40% lower than at comparable private universities in the U.S.

If you have questions or would like to speak with a financial aid officer, email us at


Applicants should hold a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish or equivalent with an excellent academic record.

Admissions Requirements and Procedures

Flexible Schedule

Earn an M.A. in Summer

We offer the option to earn the M.A. in Spanish during the summer only. A popular option for primary and secondary school teachers, students can enroll in graduate classes that run from late June to the end of July and complete the full degree over three or four summers. This option allows teachers to focus on their jobs during the school year and spend the summers getting back in touch with the passion that ignited their teaching careers. Students in the program can complement summer instruction with an online course during the fall semester. 

Accelerated B.A./M.A. Option

Saint Louis University's accelerated Spanish B.A./M.A. program offers qualified Spanish majors the opportunity to begin work toward the Master of Arts in Spanish while completing requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, thereby reducing the time needed to earn the master's degree. More details here.

Nuestros estudiantes opinan

Kristen Rader, estudiante del Máster de Español, promoción de 2020.