Program Description

The Spanish program focuses on developing skills in the areas of language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Students in the program achieve a high level of proficiency in Spanish and become more deeply and personally acquainted with Hispanic cultures through their studies on campus and abroad. The program is accessible to those who already are employed and to nontraditional learners. 

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

The program offers graduate assistantships on a competitive basis. Graduate assistants will be the instructor of introductory Spanish classes, and in return are given a tuition waiver and monthly stipend to assist with living expenses.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Spanish program requires:

  • a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited university;
  • an undergraduate major in Spanish with a GPA of at least 3.0 in all Spanish courses beyond the 100 level;
  • a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7;
  • a cover letter in English or Spanish including a description of past experience and future plans in terms of Spanish, stating why the student intends to study in the program, what makes him/her a good candidate, and contact information;
  • an official undergraduate transcript;
  • a writing sample of at least five pages in Spanish (10 pages, if applying for the graduate assistantship); and
  • three letters of recommendation, at least two from professors of Spanish, attesting to the student's level of proficiency in Spanish, academic interest and personal qualities which make him/her a qualified student.

Applications are accepted year round. Apply online at

Graduation Requirements

The Spanish program requires 30 hours of graduate credit, consisting of 27 credit hours of course work to be completed with CMU, three credit hours through a comprehensive examination and six credit hours through an optional summer study abroad program in Spain.

After course work is completed, the student must pass an interview in order to demonstrate oral proficiency. The three-credit comprehensive examination will be used to assess the student's proficiency in reading texts and in writing in Spanish.

For More Information

Dr. MarĂ­a Chouza-Calo
Graduate Spanish Program Director
Department of World Languages and Cultures
Pearce Hall 305