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Applicants for the Master of Arts (M.A.) programs must have a bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent foreign degree, from an accredited institution.

Applicants with an undergraduate major in Spanish are expected to have completed 24 credit hours of course work beyond the intermediate level, including work in composition, conversation, and advanced work in literature.

Applicants with an undergraduate minor in Spanish are expected to have completed 15 credit hours of course work beyond the intermediate level, including a survey course in literature and a course in composition and conversation.

Applicants must have an undergraduate grade point average equivalent of B or above (3.00 on a 4.00 scale). Native speakers of the language, who have an undergraduate degree in the humanities, are also eligible.

Application Requirements

The applicant must submit, directly to the Graduate School Office the following:

  1. A complete application form and fee.
  2. Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. A writing sample in Spanish. This can be a term paper from one of the applicant's undergraduate Spanish courses;
  5. (For international applicants only) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  6. (For teaching assistantships in Spanish) a tape recording (no longer than 5 minutes) of their foreign speaking voice. The tape should include a reading from a prose passage and some free conversation. Foreign applicants should make a similar recording in English. The recording should be submitted directly to the director of graduate studies or the chair of the department.


International Education at Marquette

Marquette's Office of International Education (OIE) works to promote the internationalization by recruiting and advising international students and scholars and by developing vibrant global partnerships.

Learn more about our international education programs.