Graduate Program

M.A. Program in Modern Languages and Literatures: Spanish Option

The MA program in Modern Languages and Literatures is currently closed for new applications.  Please check back as the program undergoes renovation and plans to resume accepting applications at a later time.

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures invites you to study toward the M.A. degree in Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures: Spanish. The goal of the M.A. program is to prepare students with a broad background in Hispanic language and literature, leading to careers in teaching or further advanced study at the doctoral level. The M.A. program in Foreign Languages at The University of Montana is intimate and growing. Our graduate program is based on an ample curriculum leading to specialization in Spanish-American literatures and/or Peninsular literature as well as Hispanic linguistics. Throughout, students maintain a close contact with the director of graduate studies and have easy access to their various professors.

Special features of the Spanish Section include a diverse, highly qualified, dynamic, widely traveled faculty who are actively engaged in research and extremely committed to their students. The program is designed so that the student may combine his/her interest with other disciplines (English, linguistics, philosophy, women's studies, history, political science, anthropology, etc.) The Spanish faculty regularly invites distinguished scholars and major creative writers, including individuals such as Raymond Williams, Neil Larsen, Ken Brown, Ana María Shua, and Rosamaría Roffiel.


Either a thesis or a non-thesis program may be selected; 30 total graduate semester credits are required for the thesis program and 36 total graduate semester credits for the non-thesis.
All candidates must take MCLG 501, Introduction to Research Methods and Textual Criticism, in the first semester of graduate study. In addition, candidates must take, at any time during their course of graduate study, a minimum of one course in the MCLG/ENLT 522 Comparative Literature offerings. Graduate students are expected to enroll in all graduate level courses offered in their respective languages and must take a minimum of 15 credits in the major language area. For the thesis option, a maximum of 6 credits is allowed for the thesis, and there is a 3-credit elective.
For requirements concerning examinations, theses and professional papers see the graduate adviser and department statement. Each degree candidate must arrange a program of study with the section Graduate Advisor before beginning course work for the degree. All graduate candidates are expected to engage in some teaching.


1. Application Materials and Deadline

The application deadline is March 1 (postmarked) for fall semester or later with departmental permission. Applications received after this deadline will be evaluated on a space available basis. Instructions for applying to the Graduate School are in the Applying for Admission section on this web site.

In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures also requires:
1. A letter of intent in the foreign language.
2. Minimum GRE scores 50th percentile or above in verbal and analytical.
3. The Department of MCLL does not accept GRE scores that are more than 5 years old.
4. A writing sample in the foreign language such as an academic paper, corrected by a professor.
5. A writing sample in English.
6. Proof of oral proficiency.

2. Program Requirements for Admission

Incoming graduate students are expected to possess an undergraduate degree in Spanish studies or strengths equivalent to those required for a major. Those with an undergraduate minor may have provisional admission, pending completion of compensatory courses.

3. Assistantship Application

A letter requesting consideration for a teaching assistantship should accompany the graduate application.

4. International Students

The TOEFL exam can substitute for the GRE. See information in the International Admission section on this web site. 

 Please check out Graduate Programs at the University of Montana for more information regarding our graduate programs and MCLL Graduate Program.

For additional information and application materials, please contact the section Graduate Advisor directly. 

Dr. Maria Bustos-Fernandez

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are available to select qualified applicants who have been admitted to the M.A. program. Applicants for assistantships are considered on the basis of knowledge and skills in the language area as well as scholarship and potential to undertake advanced study and research. Teaching assistants are responsible for a first-year language class. In addition to a wage, teaching assistants receive a waiver of the tuition fee (out-of-state or in-state) and the registration fee. Other fees charged by the University are not included in the TA fee waiver package. Teaching assistants are required to register for nine credits that apply to their M.A. program each semester.

Research Facilities

The Mansfield Library with holdings of over a million volumes houses a balanced collection pertaining to Spanish and Spanish-American literatures and linguistics. In addition, facilities for computer-assisted research are available.