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Saint Louis University's Madrid campus is home to two exceptional graduate programs: the Master of Arts in Spanish and the Master of Arts in Political Science and Public Affairs.

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Join our vibrant, international community of scholars and researchers who thrive in the culturally rich city of Madrid. SLU-Madrid also hosts summer programs for students pursuing graduate degrees in law and business. 

For in-depth academic information on our master's programs, visit the program pages under their respective departments: 

M.A. in Spanish

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

Your complete application must include:

  • Online application form
  • Undergraduate academic transcripts (a minimum of 18 credits in advanced Culture, Literature or Language are required)
  • Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic and professional experience, such as from a former university professor, advisor or former employer
  • Statement of purpose of 500 words that addresses your intellectual and professional goals
  • A résumé/CV
  • Writing sample (five to eight pages in Spanish; should include citations and references. You may want to use a good paper from an undergraduate course)
  • A non-refundable application fee of $65 USD, payable online. Make sure you select the "SLU Madrid" program at the top of the page

Though considered optional, you may also wish to submit your scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). SLU-Madrid is proud to be a test-optional institution. 

Upload all application materials to the online application system according to the instructions in the online application form. Send transcripts via email to graduate-admissions-madrid@slu.edu.

The deadlines for admission are:

  • Fall semester: rolling admissions until May 1; priority deadline for assistantship and scholarship applications: March 1
  • Spring semester: rolling admissions until September 1; priority deadline for assistantship and scholarship applications: Sept. 1
  • Summer session: April 1 (Summer session II)

Once your application is complete, a committee of faculty members will review it for evidence of preparation for advanced study of literature and the likelihood of academic success. One member of the committee will conduct a telephone interview  to assess your oral proficiency. 

If you are a non-European Union student, keep in mind that acquiring a student visa can take two to three months, and the process can begin only after you have been admitted and have confirmed your acceptance. We urge you to research the student visa process early, and our Visas for Spain page is a good place to start.

M.A. in Political Science and Public Affairs

Applicants should hold a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/International Relations, or a related field, with an excellent academic record.

The application package must include: 

  • Online application form
  • Original academic transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic and professional experience, such as from a former university professor, advisor or former employer
  • Statement of purpose of 500 words that addresses your intellectual and professional goals
  • A résumé/CV
  • Writing sample (eight to 10 pages; should include citations and references. You may want to use a good paper from an undergraduate course)
  • A non-refundable application fee of $65 USD, payable online. Make sure you select the "SLU Madrid" program at the top of the page

Though considered optional, you may also wish to submit your scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). SLU-Madrid is proud to be a test-optional institution. 

Upload all application materials to the online application system according to the instructions in the online application form. Send transcripts via email to graduate-admissions-madrid@slu.edu

Deadlines

  • Full program applicants: The M.A. in political science starts in the fall and runs over four semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer I and Summer II). Deadline: rolling admissions until May 31; priority deadline for assistantships is March 1.

Once your application is complete, a committee of faculty members reviews it for evidence of sufficient preparation for advanced study in political science/international relations and the likelihood of academic success. One member of the committee will interview you by telephone to assess your suitability for the program.

If you are a non-European Union student, do keep in mind that acquiring a student visa can take two to three months, and the process can begin only after you have been admitted and have confirmed your acceptance. We urge you to research the student visa process early, and our Visas for Spain page is a good place to start.