Program Overview: The Masters of Spanish is a two-year academic program with both thesis and non-thesis options. Graduates possess a familiarity with the history of Spanish and Latin American literature, the various subfields of Hispanic linguistics, and a panoramic comprehension of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Our MA students learn to analyze literature, become informed observers of linguistic usage, and acquire advanced language and cultural skills. They pursue research projects leading to academic papers, which some present at conferences or publish in journals. Most full-time students receive support in the form of teaching assistantships, through which they receive a stipend to teach one class per semester. High school teachers can register to take graduate courses as non-degree students or apply to earn their Masters of Spanish through a special one-year program. We offer various possibilities for study and teaching abroad: a six-week TEFL program offered in Cuenca, Ecuador, during the summer session for which all tuition waivers apply; an exchange program with the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain that allows a student to teach English during the second year of a three-year program leading to the MA in Spanish and possible TEFL certification; a one-semester assistantship in Mérida, México, with the department’s spring semester study abroad program; and a one-year appointment teaching English at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha after graduation.
- Application form along with a nonrefundable application fee, both sent to the Graduate College, Research and Technology Center, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701. For application, fees and additional information on graduate programs go to: http://www.ohio.edu/graduate/apply/
- Two official transcripts from post-secondary schools sent to Graduate College. International students must also send copies of diplomas, TOEFL score and score on TSE (Test of Spoken English). Send the following directly to the Department of Modern Languages:
- Three letters of recommendation.
- A written statement of purpose in Spanish.
- For candidates who are non-native speakers of Spanish we require a recording (CD or electronic file) with a 5-7 minute sophisticated sample of their target language ability.
Change Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.
Transfer Policy: Candidates for the MA degree can transfer a maximum of 8 credit hours from a previous institution.
Opportunities: Approximately 50% of our graduates enter PhD programs to prepare themselves for careers in academia. In recent years, students have earned PhDs from the University of Arizona, University of North Carolina, University of Chicago, University of Virginia, University of Kentucky, Ohio State University, Columbia University and University of Missouri. Most other students enter the teaching profession either as Spanish language instructors at US universities, as high school Spanish teachers, or as English teachers abroad. Several of our MA students receive nationally competitive awards such as the Fulbright in order to conduct research abroad after graduation.