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New Mexico State University
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Languages & Linguistics


The On-line Master’s Program in Spanish is designed for students interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in Spanish that may not be able to do so in an on-campus environment due to jobs and/or distance (in other parts of the US or Internationally).  NMSU is accredited by the North Central Association.


Under Linguistics, a student may take courses in: Linguistics, Research Methods, Language Teaching Methods, Phonetics and Phonology, Technical Translation and more…  Reading List

Under Literature, a student may take courses in: Latin American Literature, Poetry, US Hispanic Literature, Women Writers, Mexican Literature, Literary Translation, Teaching Methodology and more…  Reading List


The degree requires 36 semester hours of credit and is a non-thesis option only. Demonstrated proficiency in a second foreign language (other than English) is required equivalent to two years of study.  Students will also be expected to complete a final written and oral exam.


All courses are taught in a wholly on-line environment, no face-to-face meetings are required.  All courses are taught entirely in Spanish.  Some courses may require knowledge of English for reading texts and reference materials.


Admission requirements include the BA in Spanish. An undergraduate upper division Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above that include at least 12 semester hours of upper division undergraduate courses in Spanish with a GPA of at least 3.0 are required. For foreign students, the TOEFL is required prior to completion of the degree (the requirement is a minimum score of 71 on the IBT version). The TOEFL Test of Written English (TWE) is recommended for these students prior to completion of the degree or prior to enrollment.

Students not meeting the above requirements may apply and be recommended for conditional admission by the Committee on Graduate Studies in Spanish. After meeting specific conditions set by this Committee, students may apply for regular graduate standing.


In order to apply to the Online MA Program in Spanish on the NMSU Campus, prospective students must complete the following the Graduate School Application Portal:

STEP 1 –a) Complete an online application for admission form.  

             b)  Have uploaded to the Graduate School: Original official transcripts and diplomas of all prior college-level course work from all schools attended. DO NOT SEND transcripts to the Department of Languages and Linguistics.

If you have a transcript and diploma from a university outside the United States you need to submit a certified translation of the transcripts into English along with this information.  DO NOT SEND transcripts to the Department of Languages and Linguistics.

STEP 2 – The second part of the application procedure for admission must be uploaded to the
Graduate School Application Portal.  Do not send the application to the Department of Languages and Linguistics.  This application must include the following items:

            a) A current resume (C.V.) in Spanish

            b) Three letters of recommendation from qualified professionals (written within the last six months), preferably from past professors

            c) A writing sample in Spanish of a minimum six pages in length (critical or creative writing texts). If you do not have a six page paper, you may submit multiple shorter works totaling six pages

            d) A language evaluation form to be completed and signed by a language evaluator:

                        Please use pdf form sent with this information

If you have an official ACTFL OPI rating certificate you may submit that in lieu of the Language Evaluation Form.

            f) An introductory letter in Spanish:

1) giving a brief biography of one or two paragraphs along with your goals and objectives for obtaining a Master’s degree

2) stating whether you are applying to the on-campus or on-line program

3) declaring your prospective area of interest (Linguistics or Literature)

4) indicating if you are applying to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Applying to the program does not guarantee admissions. Admissions is competitive. It is your responsibility to make sure that all your materials have been sent to the appropriate offices.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:   For the On-Campus program, we will review all completed applications once during the fall and spring semesters. Students wishing to be considered for entrance for the fall semester (August) need to have all their materials (including transcripts) to NMSU by January 15.  Students wishing to be considered for entrance for the spring semester (January) need to have all their materials (including transcripts) by September 15. Students will be advised upon their formal acceptance into the program.

For additional information contact:

Professor Jeffrey Longwell, Online Graduate Advisor
On-line MA in Spanish Program
Department of Languages & Linguistics, MSC 3L
Box 30001, New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-0001