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Spanish M.A. Program

What can a Master's degree in Spanish do for you?

Two years of in-depth study of Latin American, Spanish and U.S. Latino literatures, cultures, and linguistics allow students to develop expertise in critical reading, writing and thinking regarding a wide variety of areas. Our M.A. program offers students the foundations they need to continue with doctoral studies, assists them in connecting with current scholarly trends in the field, helps them gain advanced knowledge and critical skills that will expand their career opportunities in a global market, and provides them with teaching and research opportunities that can expand their international perspective.

A wide variety of courses are taught by a graduate faculty with a diversity of research and teaching interests. All are both nationally and internationally recognized scholars in their fields and are passionate about contributing to the students’ intellectual growth and academic success.

“The two years I spent at Syracuse University completing my Master’s Degree in Spanish Literature were some of the most important and formative years of my life. … The two aspects that in my opinion make the program so great are the variety of classes that students are required to take to complete the degree (not to mention the extremely competent and respected scholars who lead the seminars), as well as the opportunity to teach Spanish grammar courses for two years - a possibility that very few programs can offer at the master’s level”. (Jennifer L. Monti is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA)

“I applied to the program and from the minute I arrived, I felt like I was a member of the family. I was extremely grateful for the university teaching experience so early in my career, which has proved invaluable for my professional development. Beyond that, the panoramic outlook offered by the program in both Peninsular and Latin American literary and cultural studies, and Hispanic Linguistics, proved indispensable for my academic preparation”. (Andrew Bentley is currently a PhD student at Western Michigan University)

“My MA taught me to be a critical thinker and look at the world with new eyes. My professors encouraged me to always be bettering myself, continually pushing me to work harder and improve. Through this work, I was able to find a way to approach my passions and turn what I love into what I get paid to do. I will forever be grateful to LLL for providing me with the foundation that I needed to make my dreams come true”. (Chelsea Smith is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA)

Our graduates from the M.A. program have continued on to Ph.D. programs at highly ranked universities such as UCLA, Cornell, Rutgers University, Western Michigan University, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, and The University of Kansas.

Many of our graduates find rewarding jobs teaching at all levels while others go on to careers in international relations, business, journalism and much more. Outstanding applicants to the M.A. program in Spanish are offered Teaching Assistantships that provide valuable classroom experience to graduate students.

Students have the opportunity to obtain the Certificate in University Teaching through participation in the Future Professoriate Program as well as a PLACA Certificate in Advanced Studies (Program on Latin America & the Caribbean). The Certificate in University Teaching has allowed M.A. students to greatly develop their skills as university teachers and researchers that has opened up job opportunities, whereas the PLACA Certificate has given M.A. students confidence and competence in engaging Latin American and Latino cultures in their professional careers.

Students in the Spanish M.A. program also have the opportunity to do research in Spanish-speaking countries during the summer and expand their academic training by taking graduate courses while abroad. SU Abroad has outstanding programs in Madrid, Spain and Santiago, Chile that provide unique opportunities for students.

The Centro de Estudios Hispánicos, housed in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, can offer some financial support for students’ research and their participation in conferences.

Syracuse University Libraries have significant holdings, including strong Spanish and Latin American collections. The Special Collections Research Center, which is part of Syracuse University Libraries, also offers a number of materials related to Spanish and Latin American studies.

"The deadline for Spanish Teaching Assistantship applications is February 1"

View the specific requirements of the MA at the Course Catalog. Additional information can be found in this PDF.

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