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Welcome to the Spanish Masters Program at CSUSB and the Department of World Languages and Literatures! Courses offered in the Spanish M.A. provide intensive study of Spanish and Spanish American literature and civilization, as well as Spanish linguistics.

Our program is designed for those students seeking to enhance their skills at the secondary or community college level, as well as those students who desire to continue their studies for an advanced degree. The Spanish M.A. consists of 31 semester units. Currently, we offer only one option: Hispanic Literature, Linguistics, and Civilization.

Students will take 28 units and a comprehensive exam (3 units) based on the core courses and a reading list. The Spanish M.A. may be completed in two years.

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Dr. Correa (far left) and former Department Chair, Thomas McGovern (center back), celebrated the Spanish Masters program with current and past Graduate students.


Dr. Rafael Correa


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Rafael Correa


Spanish MA Brochure


Additional Information for Continuing Students

  1. Masters candidates must be continuously registered. If a student plans to be absent for a term, a leave of absence application must be submitted. (See the Request for a Leave of Absence item on the Graduate Studies' Policies and Procedures.)
  2. Students who have completed all coursework in the Spanish Masters Program must maintain continuous registration prior to passing the Spanish Masters Exam, by enrolling in Spanish 6991. Failure to enroll in Span 6991 will be dismissal from the program. This is a university requirement.
  3. Students may participate in the University commencement ceremony only after passing the Spanish Masters Exam.
  4. Advancement to Candidacy Interview

    Students pursuing the Spanish M.A. should, before completing 15 semester units toward the degree, prepare and file a document called “An Approved Graduate Program” with the Coordinator, Spanish Masters Program. It is recommended that you make an appointment with the coordinator before the end of the fall semester to complete this document. This process, referred to as the Advancement to Candidacy, is required before a Graduation Check is submitted.

Teaching Assistant Program

The TA Program gives qualified graduate students in Spanish the opportunity to teach one course per term of beginning Spanish for the academic year.

As part of this program, TAs are actively mentored and supported. Spanish TAs teach a first-year Spanish language course generally during the Fall term. A faculty supervisor trains the TAs prior to the teaching appointment and mentors them during the appointments.

The assistantships are paid positions, subject to collective bargaining.

The Spanish Teaching Associate Program is an essential component of the Spanish M.A. program and serves as a first career-step for aspiring lecturers and academics. In this program, graduate students engage in a paid college-level teaching practicum while being closely mentored by a Spanish faculty, and they develop a comprehensive teaching portfolio for use in future job applications. Each year, the Department of World Languages offers three or more TAships to qualifying candidates.

Many of our Spanish M.A. students teach Spanish at the elementary, middle, or high school level while taking courses in the Spanish M.A. program. Teaching a Spanish language class at the college level is quite different, as classes move at a faster pace, expectations are set much higher, and the instructor’s role and responsibilities, class management, and assessment techniques are very different. Therefore, we encourage any Spanish graduate student to apply for a TAship position, in particular during the second year of the Spanish M.A. program.

We admit only the very best Spanish M.A. students, who are mature, responsible, and dedicated to teaching and working with college students, to the TA Program. Therefore, these teaching positions are very competitive.

Apply for a TA position


The deadline for Fall TAs have passed.  Check back for future application dates.

How to Apply

Items needed to submit

To submit this application, you will need the following.  Please be advised, you will not be eligible to teach if all required documentation is not received.

Official Transcript

You must request that an official transcript is sent to: Jennifer Montgomery at

Letter of Intent

(1 to 2 pages, single-spaced, 12 pt., 1 inch margin, written in Spanish) including:

  • How you meet the pre-requisites
  • Describe previous teaching and/or tutoring positions, if any 
  • Describe how you will benefit from this teaching experience
Lesson Outline

Outline for 15-20 minute Mini-Lesson on any Spanish grammar topic to be taught in a first-year Spanish language class.

Student Spotlights

Scholarship Recipient

Juanita Cervantes

Juanita Cervantes, one of our Spanish Graduate students, received the Inland Empire Hispanic Leadership Council Scholarship 2019.

Outstanding 2018 Graduate Student: Angélica Bañuelos

Angelica Banuelos

Angélica Bañuelos has a natural literary curiosity, is ambitious in the tasks she undertakes and is always successful in completing them. She is quite apt in her research skills and goes well beyond what is required of a graduate student and has always demonstrated an honest and sincere interaction with her professors and her fellow students.  Angélica’s strengths are reliability, initiative, dedication and integrity.  She has presented her research at the Tradición y Globalización Latin American International Conference in Cuernavaca, México in August 2016. Ms. Bañuelos is always willing to help her fellow students.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Literary analysis – Students are able to describe, comment, and provide area-specific criticism pertaining to the literary genre, historical context, author, style and form of literary texts produced in the Spanish-speaking world. 
  2. Cultural analysis – Students are able to describe, comment, and provide area-specific criticism pertaining to the cultural traditions, artifacts, and displays of a variety of Hispanic countries and areas of the Spanish-speaking world. 
  3. Linguistic analysis of Spanish – Students are able to identify, produce, and understand complex language structures related to the phonetics, morphological, and syntactic systems of the Spanish language and its varieties. 
  4. Socio-historic analysis of Spanish – Students are able to identify, produce, and understand the relationship between language structure and society, as well as possess advanced knowledge of the historical and geographical perspective of variation and change in the Spanish language.