Masters Program

The Department of World Languages & Literatures at Sacramento State offers a Master of Arts in Spanish. The Master of Arts program in Spanish affords an opportunity for specialized work in Spanish linguistics, Peninsular and Latin American Literature, and in the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. The program is of particular value to those who plan to teach Spanish at the secondary school level (or already do so) or in a community college, and to those who plan to continue working toward a doctorate in Spanish.

Admission Requirements

Admission as a classified graduate student in Spanish requires:

  • a baccalaureate degree;
  • a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units attempted;
  • completion of the following Sacramento State courses (or equivalents):
SPAN 100 - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literature  3
SPAN 102 - Spanish Phonetics 3
SPAN 103 - Advanced Spanish Grammar 3
One upper division course in Peninsular Literature  3
One upper division course in Latin American Literature 3
One upper division course in Hispanic culture 3

Students not meeting all these requirements may be admitted with conditionally classified graduate status and work toward the MA degree while the admission requirements are being completed. (
SPAN 102 and SPAN 103 may be met by challenge examination.) Units taken to remove admission requirement deficiencies do not count toward the MA program. Any such deficiencies will be noted on a written response to the admission application.

Admission Procedures

Applications are accepted as long as room for new students exists during the application filing period. The University operates under a completion deadline system; all transcripts and materials must be received by the filing deadline of March 1st. Only completed applications will be reviewed. All prospective graduate students, including Sacramento State graduates, must file the following with the Office of Graduate Studies:

  • an online application for admission; and
  • two sets of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State.

At the same time, each applicant must send a separate application to the Spanish Graduate Coordinator in the Department of World Languages and Literatures consisting of:

  • A cover letter.
  • A one-page Statement of Purpose.
  • A five-page writing sample in Spanish that was graded by an instructor.
  • Two letters of recommendation if their BA is not from Sacramento State.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.

For more admissions, information and application deadlines please the Office of Graduate Studies website and the Master of Arts in Spanish Program page and the program guidelines page as well.

Graduate Coordinator in Spanish

Dr. Euisuk Kim
Mariposa Hall 2033 

Master of Arts in Spanish Program Requirements
Office of Graduate Studies
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Master of Arts Spanish Program Guidlines