Admissions requirements and procedure

Applications to the MA program in Spanish are considered throughout the academic year, with start dates in fall and spring. Prerequisites for admission include receipt of a baccalaureate/undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university and advanced proficiency in Spanish, demonstrated in most cases by completion of a BA in Spanish or the equivalent.  Applicants who do not hold a BA in Spanish or the equivalent by the program start date may be required to take preparatory course work to make up for any deficiencies.  With approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish, up to six hours of graduate-level course work taken at another institution may be applied toward the degree.

Application procedure as follows:

To be submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS)

  • SIGS application and application fee.  (Be sure to read application directions carefully before beginning your application.)
  • Transcripts from all accredited institutions where undergraduate and/or graduate credit was earned.  Minimum GPA required for undergraduate work: 3.0 on a four-point scale. (All University of Louisville transcripts will be submitted automatically with completion of an application for graduate study.)
  • Two letters of evaluation.  Letters must be recent (written no more than a year prior to application date) and should attest to the applicant’s fluency in Spanish and potential to do graduate work.  (Evaluators should mail their completed evaluation form (PDF) directly to SIGS.)
  • TOEFL scores (for applicants for whom English is a second language).  Minimum required: 79 on the internet-based test, 550 on the paper-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test. Applicants holding a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States are exempt from this requirement.

NOTE: While submission of GRE scores is not required for admission to the Spanish MA program, those students whose undergraduate GPA does not meet minimum requirements for admission might consider submitting scores as a means of demonstrating their true potential for graduate study.  Minimum score required by other graduate programs at the University of Louisville: 900 (combined verbal and quantitative).

To be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish

  • A personal statement of 1-2 pages, written in Spanish, discussing how the MA in Spanish relates to the applicant’s professional or personal goals.
  • A sample of academic writing of at least five pages, preferably a paper written as part of the requirements for a university-level course.  (May be in English or Spanish.)

Mail statement and writing sample directly to the Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 40292.

Complete applications to the Spanish MA program are considered throughout the academic year, although priority will be given to applications received at least six weeks prior to the intended start date. The Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish reviews applications and, in consultation with the Spanish graduate faculty, makes all admission decisions. In some cases, applicants may be admitted on a conditional basis even though application materials are incomplete.

Admission in non-degree status

Applicants who do not seek the Spanish MA but wish to take graduate course work in Spanish may be permitted to enroll in non-degree status. Application credentials must include the application form, application fee, and an official transcript showing the award of a baccalaureate degree. Should a non-degree student be admitted at a later date into the degree program, up to nine hours of course work taken in non-degree status may be applied to the degree with departmental approval. No more than fifteen hours may be accumulated while in non-degree status.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Applicants who wish to be considered for a graduate teaching assistantship must submit a separate GTA application directly to the Department of Classical and Modern Languages.  (GTA application deadline: February 28th.) Although students may enter the Spanish MA program in the fall or spring, graduate teaching assistantships are awarded only once a year (in the spring for start in fall of the next academic year).


Contact Dr. Gregory S. Hutcheson, current Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish, at gshutch (@) or (502) 852-1635.