Graduate Programs



The Master of Arts program in Spanish affords an opportunity for specialized work in Spanish Linguistics, in Peninsular and Latin American literature, and in culture. The program is of particular value to those who plan to teach Spanish in the secondary school or at the community college level and to those who plan to continue work toward a doctorate in Spanish.

Many graduate students and teachers of Spanish, because of their teaching commitments and because they may live a great distance from a university campus, are unable to undertake coursework leading to the MA during the regular academic year. To meet the needs of such students, California State University, Sacramento offers an alternative pathway toward the completion to an MA in Spanish which can be completed primarily in three summers plus the successful completion of comprehensive examinations. This can be accomplished by taking courses organized by the University in Spanish speaking locations such as in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, or Spain. In order to complete the program, students must complete 27 units of graduate approved coursework during their three summers. Additional units may be taken on campus or transferred in from an accredited institution with prior approval from the Graduate Dean. More detailed information may be obtained from the Graduate Coordinator in Spanish.

Admission as a classified graduate student in Spanish requires:

  • a baccalaureate degree;
  • a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units attempted;
  • a satisfactory score on the Graduate Examination designed and administered by the Spanish Area of the Department of Foreign Languages. The student must take the Graduate Examination prior to entrance into any 200 series graduate course and must successfully pass the entire examination before being advanced to candidacy. The student may pursue graduate work while concurrently correcting any deficiencies noted as a result of the examination and must retake the exam sections failed only after the passage of one semester. Three-summer MA applicants will take the Graduate Exam during their first summer in the program and will retake any sections not passed during the second summer that they attend the program. Consult the Graduate Coordinator in Spanish regarding steps to complete this requirement; and
  • completion of the following Sacramento State courses (or equivalents): LING 130, SPAN 100, SPAN 102, SPAN 103

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