languages, literatures and cultures

Degrees Offered

Master of Arts



Program Description

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures' graduate program is designed to provide students with a broad background in Spanish language, literature, and culture. The majority of the department’s graduates have entered teaching careers, continued on to doctoral studies or secured a position in business or government. Students in the program form a small and relatively intimate group. Graduate seminars are kept small, averaging ten students, and students are given individual guidance throughout their course of study.

Visit the Department Web Page for more detailed program information.

Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A writing sample in Spanish. This can be a term paper from one of the applicant’s undergraduate Spanish courses.
  • For international applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • For teaching assistantships in Spanish: a tape recording (no longer than 5 minutes) of their foreign speaking voice. The tape should include a reading from a prose passage and some free conversation. Foreign applicants should make a similar recording in English. The recording should be submitted directly to the director of graduate studies or the chair of the department.

Application Deadline

No official deadline exists for the Spanish master of arts program; admission is on a rolling basis. However, applications submitted after the Graduate School's official financial aid deadlines are considered only as space permits, even if the applicant is not requesting financial aid. The deadlines for financial aid consideration are February 15 for the following fall term and November 15 for the following spring term.

Financial Aid

Private scholarships may be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.