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Graduate Advisor
Dr. Yuri Porras
Centennial, Room 137

Department of Modern Languages
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The dynamic and highly-regarded faculty guide graduate students in learning, research and scholarship at the beautiful San Marcos campus, convenient to the Austin and San Antonio metro areas. Evening classes enable professionals to complete their degree. The program also offers graduate assistantships in teaching, editing and study abroad.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. 33 Thesis No minor
M.A. 33 Non-Thesis No minor; internship required
M.A. 33 Non-Thesis No minor; additional six hours of Spanish courses required
M.A. 36 Thesis Minor required
M.A. 36 Non-Thesis Minor & internship required
M.A. 36 Non-Thesis Minor & additional six hours of Spanish courses required

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority January 15 January 15
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each four-year institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in 12 or more upper division undergraduate hours in Spanish, including six hours of Spanish literature

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted. 

GRE Scores

  • GRE scores not required


  • resume/CV including contact information for three references, at least two of whom should be professors familiar with your academic work
  • statement of purpose written in Spanish explaining your professional and personal interest in the M.A. in Spanish

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.