Master of Arts in Spanish: Accelerated Program Option

The SPN graduate faculty continues to seek ways of strengthening our graduate program to better meet the needs of our students. In order to offer our Spanish majors, who are about to complete their undergraduate degree requirements, we have created the option of letting them commence and pursue a master’s program in their senior undergraduate year. This accelerated option would expedite earning a master’s degree in Spanish by allowing advanced undergraduate Spanish students to earn graduate credit while they are completing their undergraduate major. This program encourages some of CMU’s best  and most interested students who would be motivated to immediately continue their graduate education in Spanish with our faculty.

This program provides students with the opportunity to improve language fluency, broaden knowledge, build an intellectual framework and promote professional development--the main objectives of our MA program. It facilitates obtaining a professional degree for many traditional and non-traditional students in a more timely fashion. Especially students who are completing an undergraduate major in Spanish and / or Education could start earning graduate-level credits needed for continued professional development after they undertake education-related jobs.

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Eligibility Standards

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply to the accelerated program:

1. Signed major in Spanish.
2. Enrolled in the semester in which the student expects to have completed at least 86 credits.
3. Completed at least one SPN 400-level class and the undergraduate study abroad requirement.
Admission Requirements

Students must apply for admission to the College of Graduate Studies during the semester in which the student expects to have completed at least 86 credits. Students must meet the requirements for admission to the Master of Arts in Spanish degree program and to the College of Graduate Studies. In addition, students should also have completed university competency requirements. If admitted, graduate status is conferred in the senior year after the student has completed at least 86 undergraduate credit hours with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.25 and a grade point average of 3.25 in Spanish course work.

Program Requirements

Three to twelve (3-12) hours of graduate SPN credit (500 and 600 level courses) leading to an MA degree in SPN may be taken in the final year of undergraduate work.  These courses shall count toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees.