Admission to Program

In addition to the general requirements of the university, which include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, specific requirements for classification in the program are:

  1. Completion of an undergraduate major in Spanish from an accredited institution consisting of at least 30 semester units, or 45 quarter units, or equivalent, of upper-division course work;
  2. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 ("B"), and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all Spanish classes;
  3. Good standing at the last college attended (verified by student transcripts, see below);
  4. Three letters of recommendation;
  5. A one- to two-page statement describing the student's professional goals in the area of Spanish;
  6. Submission of official transcripts from all previous college work to the department's graduate committee;
  7. Verification of oral and written proficiency in Spanish at the ACTFL level of advanced mid or higher as determined by an entrance exam given by the Department of World Languages and Literatures, CSUSB. (This requirement is waived for candidates who received their B.A. in Spanish from CSUSB within the last five years of application to the M.A. in Spanish.);
  8. Students who do not meet the above criteria may be admitted as conditionally classified graduate students per approval by the Graduate Committee and may be required to take additional upper-division Spanish undergraduate courses. Students who do not possess a B.A. in Spanish (but have a degree in another discipline) may also be required to take selected upper-division undergraduate courses (earning a minimum grade of "B" (3.0) in each assigned class);
  9. Completion of the graduate entrance writing examination through completion of ENG 306 or equivalent course; or completion of the Writing Requirement Exemption Examination

The M.A. in Spanish focuses on the strengthening of the know-ledge of Spanish teachers as well as of the intensive study of literature, linguistics, and culture for those students who will be continuing their advanced studies. The degree is also appropriate for those students seeking employment in the public or private sector in positions that serve the Latino community or require knowledge of Spanish at an advanced level.

For more information please visit our website. Department of World Languages and Literatures