Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

Prospective Students

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Candidates wishing to pursue the M.A. in Spanish or the M.H.S. must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with at least 38 semester hours of undergraduate Spanish above the freshman level; international students holding undergraduate degrees in an area other than language studies may submit their transcript for equivalency corroboration. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination are required for all domestic applicants. International students must have acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants lacking course requirements need to make up deficiencies before admission to the graduate program.

The M.A. requires at least 30 semester hours including 4 thesis credit hours. The M.H.S. requires at least 36 semester hours with no thesis. Candidates for the M.H.S. must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours in their major. A concentration consisting of 6 semester hours of graduate-level courses in a related field or fields may be earned as part of the M.H.S. degree offered by the department. All degrees require successful completion of comprehensive examinations.

A reading knowledge of one other foreign language is required. This knowledge may be demonstrated by examination or by completion of the first-year sequence (or the equivalent) of a foreign language with a grade of B or better.

Teaching assistantships are available to qualified students.

Application deadline

The application deadline is February 15 for Fall Semester entry. Visa processing for international applicants requires several months.

Please visit the AU Graduate School web site to fill out an on line application for admission.

Last Updated: August 10, 2016

Student Testimonial:
David Milton

BA Spanish 2004
BS International Business 2004
Master of Hispanic Studies 2006
I recently celebrated one year as Hispanic Outreach Manager for St. Vincent's Health System. Hispanic Outreach plays an important role in St. Vincent's mission by creating healthcare access for a vulnerable population that is ill without health insurance and by promoting educational programs that help local Hispanics navigate our healthcare system and ultimately lead a healthier life.