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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.

Spanish, M.A. at SLU-Madrid

M.A. in Spanish

Saint Louis University’s master’s program in Spanish will immerse you in the language and its cultures, and provide you with the tools to achieve high standards of literary scholarship. The program is designed for holders of a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish or a related field, language educators, and literary scholars.

You’ll gain an appreciation of the cultural and historical events that have shaped Spain and the Americas and their artistic and literary movements. The program will enhance your academic fluency and accuracy of expression, as well as your knowledge of the Spanish language and literature in its historical and geographical contexts. Finally, you’ll learn to identify the best pedagogical practices based on theoretical understandings of language teaching and learning.

All courses required for the M.A. in Spanish can be taken both during the traditional academic year and over four or five summers. 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.

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Highlighted Courses

Our program is divided into two stages: The first consists of guided research through the completion of several courses worth 30 credit hours. This includes six credit hours of Peninsular Spanish studies; six credit hours of Latin American studies; and six credit hours of teaching or linguistics. The remaining 12 credit hours may be distributed according to interest.

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 and desired outcomes of the program through written and oral exams.

There are two written exams: one based on the general reading list common to all students, the second based on a specialty list chosen by each student: poesía, prosa, teatro, or linguística. Note that the lists are subject to change. Students are examined on the list in effect on their start date in the program.

After completing the two written exams, the students take one final oral exam; the questions during the exam relate to the courses that the student has taken.

In order to take the final examinations, you’ll be required to enroll in SPAN 5950: Special Study for Examinations in the semester that you intend to finish the program. You must request to take the course by emailing the program coordinator; students may enroll in the course no more than two times. Once permission to take the course is granted, you’ll receive the administrative documentation from the Office of Graduate Education through email.

Complete the application for the degree and send it to the master's candidacy advisor on the St. Louis campus. Review and sign the degree audit and send it to the program coordinator in Madrid. You will be responsible for following these procedures, and for checking your SLU email account in order to be informed and to respond by the deadline dates.

Internships and Careers

Many of our graduates continue their studies in a Ph.D. degree program in Spanish or a related field. Other career options include writer, language program coordinator, speech pathologist, lawyer, market research, interpreter and translator, jobs in international institutions and international relations.


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

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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

Admissions Requirements and Procedures

Flexible Schedule

Earn a 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. This allows teachers to focus on their job during the school year and spend the summers getting back in touch with the passion that started them off on their teaching career.