Spanish Master's Program | Department of Spanish

Spanish Master's Program

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Spanish at UNT prepares students for literary and cultural analysis as well as linguistics. An M. A. in Spanish increases the salary base of many positions and offers opportunities in translation and interpretation at the local, national, and international levels. This Master's can serve as a terminal degree for those wishing to teach at the secondary, community college, and university levels. Also, graduates who wish to continue with a doctorate in Spanish at another university are well prepared. UNT professors of Spanish have specializations in all of the main areas of Latin American and Spanish literature, and students may choose from a variety of classes during their course of study. All professors publish articles and/or books in their fields of specialization, and remain active by presenting at local, national, and international professional conferences.


Candidates applying for the Spanish MA program must demonstrate mastery in the areas of oral and written proficiency. They must provide evidence of being familiar with literary analysis and advanced grammatical concepts in Spanish. A total of 9 advanced undergraduate credit hours in Spanish are required as pre-requisites. In order to fulfill these credits at UNT the following courses are required:

  1. Required: Span 3110: Introduction to Hispanic Literature (3 credit hours)
  2. Choose any Latin American or Spanish Literature survey course from the following: Span 4310, 4320, 4360 or 4370 (3 credit hours)
  3. Choose one (3 credit hours):
    • Highly recommended: Span 3003, 4210, 4250 or 4260
    • Any upper division Spanish course at the 3000 or 4000 level (including a second course from category #2 above)
    • Any 4000-level course in a related field such as education, history, linguistics, critical theory, etc.

Equivalent courses taken at other accredited undergraduate Spanish programs nationally or internationally will also be accepted.

Students must have earned an overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.0 or higher in Spanish. In certain cases exceptions may be made. Students not meeting the criteria may make a case for themselves by explaining in their cover letter any extenuating circumstances. If approved by the Spanish graduate faculty, they may be admitted into the program under the provision of earning a B or better during their first 12 credit hours in the Masters program. The GRE is not necessary. The following are the steps for admission:

  1. Apply to and be accepted into the UNT Toulouse Graduate School ( Deadlines: October 15 for the following Spring enrollment; April 15 for the following Summer enrollment; June 15 for the following Fall enrollment.
  3. At the same time that you apply to the UNT Toulouse Graduate School, prepare to send the following materials to Dr. Teresa Marrero ( Be advised that the Department of Spanish conducts a holistic evaluation process with the materials you send. The ultimate admissions into the program requires departmental approval :
  • Cover letter stating your reasons for applying to the UNT Spanish MA program. State if you are planning on attending full or part time. State if you are interesting in a position as a Teaching Assistant in Spanish (must be enrolled full time in the Spanish graduate program and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better). At the end of your cover letter, please include the name, title, institutional affiliation, email, and work phone numbers of 3 professional references.
  • The list of the three professional references should be of - former professors, supervisors or professional, educational-related associates - with complete contact information: full name, telephone number, email and work address. We will contact these references if and when necessary.
  • Curriculum vitae (a resumé of your studies and employment related to your plan of study).
  • Research paper in Spanish: well-organized, 4-6 pages double-spaced, 12 points, Times New Roman with a bibliography following the Modern Language Association standards.
  • Audio file of applicant's spoken Spanish (speak 3-5 minutes on any subject).

All five items above will be saved as separate files (example: STUDENT NAME. CoverLetter, STUDENT, STUDENT NAME.ResearchPaper, STUDENT and emailed in ONE message to

Once accepted, students may apply for a limited number of Teaching Assistantships (TAs) to help cover costs, though this will require full-time status (9 hours of classes per semester).

To apply to FAFSA (Federal Student Aid Program), go to: To verify your student aid status after applying, please go to: Email: or call at 940-565-2302.

Graduate students in good standing (earning a B or better GPA) from UNT or any other accredited university may take Spanish Graduate courses as part of their electives options. No need to apply for admission. However, approval prior to registration from the professor teaching the graduate course is required. Students must possess native or near native fluency in reading, speaking, and writing in Spanish. The interested student should make a case for themselves either in person or via email with the relevant Spanish professor. Said professor will subsequently inform the Spanish Graduate Advisor of enrollment.


Students choose from one of the following tracks of study (both tracks total 36 hours):

  1. MA EXAM: total of 36 hours. May be taken entirely from the Spanish graduate course offerings or combine with graduate courses from a minor area outside of the department. In case of having a minor, students will take 30 hours (10 classes) of Spanish graduate credit plus 6 hours (2 classes) of graduate credit in a minor area outside of the department. Total: 36 credit hours. Students select 3 areas of examination and must pass all three in order to receive their degree. Exams are written, take two hours each, and are given in the major (Spanish) area only. No oral defense. Graduate Students planning on taking the MA exams must declare their exam areas to the Spanish Graduate Advisor the semester prior to their final semester.
  2. MA THESIS: total of 36 hours. May be taken in the following combinations: 30 hours (10 classes) in Spanish and 6 hours (2 courses) of thesis credit. Or, with a minor: 24 hours (8 classes) of Spanish graduate credit, 6 hours (2 classes) of graduate credit in a minor area outside of the department, and 6 hours (2 classes) of thesis. Students work with a major professor expert in the student's chosen area who serves as the director of the thesis and two other members of the committee, one of whom must be a member of the Spanish graduate faculty. Oral defense required.


The Spanish M.A. Reading List for Graduate students prior to Fall 2018 can be found here.

The Spanish M.A. Reading List for Graduate students after Fall 2018 can be found here.

Please click here for FAQ on Transfer Credits.

General Orientation of the UNT Spanish MA Program

Please click here for Spanish MA Powerpoint.

Current Graduate Course Offerings

Please click here for graduate course offerings.

Graduate Student support websites offered through Toulouse Graduate School for all UNT grads:


Marketable skills for this degree include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas that are valued by employers and are primary or complementary to the major. The marketable skills goal was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers. UNT's marketable skills were faculty-developed and approved by employers or discipline-specific agencies, e.g., internship providers, chambers of commerce, workforce development boards, and other workforce-related entities. For information on these marketable skills -


Dr. Jorge Aviles-Diz (Associate Professor of Spanish):

  • Specialization: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Spanish Literature
  • Graduate Classes: Spanish Realism, Generation of 1898, Spanish Women Writers of the Nineteenth Century, Enlightenment to Romanticism

Dr. Jongsoo Lee (Associate Professor of Spanish):

  • Specialization: Pre-Hispanic, Colonial and Nineteenth Century Latin American Literature
  • Graduate Classes: Latin American Romanticism & Realism, Colonial Literature

Dr. Samuel Manickam (Associate Professor of Spanish, Chair):

  • Specialization: Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Latin American Narrative
  • Graduate Classes: Mexican Novel, Latin American Novel, Latin American Essay, Mexican Short Story, Latin American Short Story

Dr. Teresa Marrero (Full Professor of Spanish):

  • Specialization: Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Latin American and Latino Theatre
  • Graduate Classes: Greek Classical Drama in Latin American Theater, Absurd to Collective Creation in Latin American Theater, Women, Tragedy and Contemporary Latin American Theater

Dr. Cristina Sánchez-Conejero (Full Professor of Spanish):

  • Specialization: Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Spanish Narrative, Cinema, and Culture
  • Graduate Classes: Spanishness in Contemporary Peninsular Literature and Cinema, Post-Civil War Spanish Novel, Post-Franco Spanish Novel

Dr. Jiyoung Yoon (Associate Professor of Spanish):

  • Specialization: Spanish Linguistics
  • Graduate Classes: Advanced Spanish Grammar, Spanish Linguistics, Spanish Syntax and Morphology


Dr. Teresa Marrero, Graduate Advisor, Department of Spanish

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