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. At the level of the Master of Arts, it provides a solid program developing advanced Spanish-language skills for diverse careers (in secondary education, business, health and government services, and interpretation and translation) and trains students in the exercise of pedagogical and research skills necessary for the pursuit of a PhD. At the Doctor of Philosophy level, the program provides opportunities for advanced study and research in selected fields in Hispanic studies, and trains scholar/teachers for careers principally at institutions of higher learning.

The MA and PhD degree may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Learn more about the program requirements for the Master of Arts in Spanish  and for the Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish.

Financial Support

Multi-year competitive financial support in the form of teaching assistantships is available only to doctoral students. These awards include a monthly stipend, tuition remission, and health insurance. 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.

Graduate Contact

For questions related to the graduate program offerings in general, please check the frequently asked questions section and, if you do not find and answer to your query, feel free to contact the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies or the Graduate Coordinator.

Application Information

GRE scores should be reported directly to Temple by ETS (institution code 2906). Applicants from Spanish speaking countries may present instead the EXADEP scores.

Transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate study should be sent to the physical address of the Department. Transcripts should come directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope.

Letters of recommendation should come from three individuals familiar with the applicant’s abilities and scholarly potential (these letters normally must be from professors). Applicants are encouraged to request confidential letters of recommendations. Although emailed letters of recommendation are acceptable, it is advisable to send the original letter.

The biographical statement of the applicant’s professional plans and goals and the writing sample in Spanish may be mailed to the Department’s physical address or emailed to the Graduate Advisor and the Graduate Coordinator.

International applicants are required to provide scores in one of the following tests: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS™), or the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic™).