Dream of becoming a college professor? Take a look at the program overview and program goals for our Spanish master’s degree and Spanish PhD. If you think you’re ready to get started, you should review your financial support options and our admissions process before you apply.

Graduate Program Overview

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees with specializations in Spanish American Literature, Peninsular Spanish Literature and Hispanic Linguistics. Our graduates have experienced successful placement. The Department has an active and multinational group of faculty and graduate students with literary, linguistic and cultural interests in several fields.

Program Goals

The graduate program in Spanish integrates the study of the three fundamental fields of Hispanic studies: Peninsular Spanish literature, Spanish American literature and Hispanic linguistics. The Master of Arts provides a solid program developing advanced Spanish language skills for diverse careers (in secondary education, business, health and government services and interpretation and translation). Students also receive training in the pedagogical and research skills necessary for the pursuit of a PhD. The Doctor of Philosophy, meanwhile, provides opportunities for advanced study and research in selected fields in Hispanic studies. Additionally, the program trains scholars/teachers for careers principally at institutions of higher learning. The MA and PhD degrees may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Master of Arts in Spanish

College of Liberal Arts MA in Spanish students develop advanced Spanish-language skills for diverse careers and learn the research and pedagogical skills necessary to pursue a PhD.

PhD in Spanish

PhD students have robust opportunities for advanced study and research in Spanish Peninsular literature, Spanish American literature and Hispanic linguistics. College of Liberal Arts Spanish PhD graduates are trained scholars who are ready to thrive in higher education careers.

Additional Graduate Resources

Graduate Certificate: Spanish for Health Professionals

The online graduate certificate in Spanish for Health Professions prepares professionals in healthcare fields to engage in culturally sensitive, knowledgeable Spanish communication with the Latinx and Spanish-speaking community in healthcare settings. This exclusively online certificate offers maximum flexibility in recognition of the unique time and geographical constraints of the working professional.

Financial Support

Multi-year competitive financial support (5 years) in the form of teaching assistantships is available exclusively to doctoral students. These awards include a monthly stipend, tuition remission, health insurance, one semester of teaching release and a research fund of $5,000. Moreover, university fellowships are available on a competitive basis. Please note: MA degree terminal students do not qualify for an assistantship. Summer teaching appointments are given to a limited number of students.

Admissions Process

Please visit the MA in Spanish, PhD in Spanish or Graduate Certificate: Spanish for Health Professionals admission pages to learn more about graduate program requirements, dates and deadlines and instructions on how to apply.

For questions related to the graduate program offerings in general, please check the frequently asked questions and, if you don’t find the answer you need, feel free to contact the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies or the Graduate Coordinator.

Graduate Language Exam

The Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Language Reading Examinations are administered four times per year: twice during the fall semester and twice during the spring semester. We also administer Catalan exams in our department by request. The department will notify students of their exam results by email.

Teaching Assistants and Graduate Faculty

    Teaching Assistants

  • Catalina Acevedo
  • Alex Alarcon
  • Rebecca Barnes
  • Olivia Beggins
  • Michael Boglovits
  • Yesenia Escobar Espitia
  • Abigail Gruber
  • Maria Camila Franco
  • Juan Daniel Guarin-Buitrago
  • Karla Murphy
  • Victor Pascual Duran
  • Renata Pontes De Queiroz
  • Fernando Ruiz Garcia
  • Doaa Serag
  • Felicia Trievel
  • Coral Zayas-Colon

    Graduate Students and Adjuncts

  • Katie Clarkson
  • Lina Ruiz Guzman
  • Mariana Hernandez y Rojas
  • Alodia Martin Martinez
  • Karla Marku
  • Choe H. Prudente
  • Daniel Raso
  • Jose G. Rodriguez Plaza
  • Francis Turco

    • Graduate Students - Not Teaching

    • Brooke Adamski
    • Crystal Reeck
    • Matthew Berg
    • Laura Arevalo Catalan
    • Carmen De Leon
    • Thomas Diagostino
    • Yordanka Guilarte
    • Carly Hartz
    • Manuel Malia
    • Rimante Navickaite
    • Ana Tamayo
    • Maria Arias Zelidon

Montserrat Piera
438 Anderson Hall
(215) 204-8285

Graduate Chair:
Víctor Pueyo Zoco - On Sabbatical fall 2020
445 Anderson Hall
(215) 204-5129

Interim Graduate Chair:
Paul Toth
441 Anderson Hall

Michelle Pugliese
429 Anderson Hall
(215) 204-5628

Annette Vega
428 Anderson Hall
(215) 204-2877