Spanish (M.A.)

Spanish (M.A.)

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Why get a master’s degree in Spanish?

The M.A. program in Spanish lets you pursue a broad range of challenging, advanced studies in linguistics, literature and culture. Students can explore second language acquisition, pedagogy and methodology; Spanish sociolinguistics (language variation and change); and Hispanic literature and cultural studies. The program also supports work in interdisciplinary Hispanic studies. The main goal of the master’s program is to prepare graduates for successful careers or advanced studies at the Ph.D. level through the further development of skills in written and oral communication, intercultural awareness and analysis for students with an undergraduate degree in Spanish or a closely related field.

Why choose UNH for your Spanish degree?

Our faculty are engaged, research-active scholars who work closely with students in small classes. The M.A. in Spanish at UNH offers two options for the program’s concluding experience. For the non-thesis option, students present a seminar paper or project at a local, regional or national conference. The thesis option, designed for those students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Spanish, involves the preparation of a master's thesis or an equivalent research project directed by a faculty advisor. An accelerated master’s program in Spanish is also available, as is a graduate certificate in Spanish for graduate students in other degree programs.

Potential career areas

  • Academic administration 
  • Community programs 
  • Diplomacy 
  • Government services 
  • Immigration/migration services 
  • Social work 
  • Speech and language pathology 
  • Teaching 
  • Tourism 
  • Writing/journalism


Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
210L Murkland Hall
15 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-4005

Curriculum & Requirements

The Program in Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers a Master of Arts degree in Spanish with courses in the following areas: Second Language Acquisition, Pedagogy and Methodology; Hispanic Literature and Cultural Studies; and Hispanic Linguistics and Cultural Studies. The program also supports work in interdisciplinary Hispanic studies.

Degree Requirements

To obtain the degree, the candidate must complete a minimum of 30 credits. To satisfy the course requirements, the candidate must successfully complete ten graduate courses, eight of which should be from the offerings below. Two of the ten courses can be taken in allied fields approved by the department. 

Choose 8 courses from the following:
SPAN #890Topics in Second Language Acquisition/Pedagogy/Methodology3
LLC 891Methods of Foreign Language Teaching3
SPAN 897Topics in Hispanic Literature and Cultural Studies3
SPAN 898Topics in Hispanic Linguistics and Cultural Studies3
SPAN 995Independent Study1-3
Final Project 1
Non-thesis option
Present seminar paper or project at conference
Thesis option
SPAN 899
Master's Thesis (6 credits total)

Examples of Past Seminar Titles:

  • Econovels of Central America
  • Contemporary Spanish Literature
  • Second Language Acquisition: Technology
  • El Camino de Santiago
  • Cultures of Spain: Basque, Catalan, and Galician
  • Baroque Literature: Sor Juana
  • Latin American Lit. & the Border
  • Spanish Phonetics & Dialectology
  • Latin American Afro Caribbean Lit.
  • The Baroque: Siglo de Oro
  • Structure & Applied Linguistics
  • Baroque to Surrealism & Beyond
  • Spanish Sociolinguistics
  • Literatura comparada
  • Literatura y cultura argentinas
  • La nueva mirada del cine femenino español
  • Mood, Tense & Pronouns: Structure, Meanings, & Variation in Spanish Syntax
  • Literary & Cultural Trends of Contemporary Central America
  • Digital Media in Second Language Acquisition
  • The World of Salvador Dalí
  • Hispanic Literature and Culture in the Digital Age


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: Feb. 15 (for funding); April 1 (recommended US; final international); July 1 (final)
  • Spring: Dec. 1
  • Summer: April 1
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: VT ME

Accelerated Masters: Yes (for more details see the accelerated masters information page)

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding: 1) reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives, and 2) your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field. It is requested that your personal statement be written in Spanish.

Statements must be included with your submitted application.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

Explore Program Details

Typical Program of Spanish Graduate Studies

 Year 1
Fall SPAN 901 Bibliography & Research Methods (continues until degree completion)
SPAN 903 Applied Linguistics—(TA’s onlyfull-year course)
800-level courses from the 800-level course offerings (one or two)
997 Graduate Seminar
Spring 800-level courses from the 800-level course offerings (one or two)
997 Graduate Seminar
Summer 2 courses at an approved graduate level study-away summer program, or complete two courses in approved allied field courses
Year 2
Fall 800 courses from the 800 course offerings (one or two as needed)
997 Graduate Seminar (as needed

At this time no financial support is available for students enrolled in the Spanish MA program. We will provide updates regarding financial support (TA-ships, research assistantships, and scholarships) as they are available.

Applicants whose permanent residence is Maine or Vermont are eligible for the New England Regional Program for which tuition is assessed at the in-state New Hampshire rate plus 50%.

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