Graduate Students

Saint Louis University’s Madrid campus is home to three exceptional graduate programs: the Master of Arts in English, the Master of Arts in Spanish and the Master of Arts in Political Science.

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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 more 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 (18 credits at advanced Culture, Literature or Language are required)
  • Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic and professional experience and potential (letters from former university professors are highly considered)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test scores
  • Statement of purpose of 500 words that addresses your intellectual and professional goals
  • CV
  • Writing sample (5 to 8 pages; should include citations and references. You may want to use a good paper from your undergraduate courses)
  • $55 USD, payable online. Make sure you select the "SLU Madrid" program at the top of the page

All materials, except transcripts and GRE scores, must be uploaded to the system according to the instructions in the online application form. Send transcripts via mail to:

Saint Louis University
Graduate Admission
221 N. Grand Blvd., Suite 150
St. Louis, MO 63103

The deadlines for admission are:

  • Fall semester: rolling admissions until May 31; priority deadline for assistantship and scholarship applications: March 1
  • Spring semester: rolling admissions until Oct. 31; priority deadline for assistantship and scholarship applications: Sept. 1
  • Summer session: April 30 for students planning to stay for the fall semester; May 31 for students applying solely for the summer session

Once the application is complete, a committee of faculty members reviews it for evidence of preparation for advanced study of literature and the likelihood of academic success. One member of the committee will interview the candidate by telephone to assess the candidate's 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. If you are a U.S. student, you may be asked to present a FBI background check to apply for a long-stay visa. You are responsible for obtaining this background check. Make sure you order it at least four months before you plan to arrive to Madrid or you will not get your visa on time. If you are a U.S. visiting student and plan to be in Madrid for only one semester or during the summer session, you don’t need a long-stay visa nor the FBI background check.

M.A. in English

 Currently, this program is not accepting applications. 

M.A. in Political Science, International Relations

Admissions information will be available soon.