Department of Modern Languages and Literature

Dr. Guadalupe Cortina
Program Director
(956) 665-5012

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Arts & Humanities- ARHU 329
Phone: (956) 665-3441
Fax: (956) 665-5381

MA in Spanish

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers the Master of Arts in Spanish with a concentration in literature, linguistics, or creative writing, or a combination of literature and linguistics, and two certificate programs, one in AP Spanish literature, and the other one in Mexican American Studies. Students in the M. A. may elect a thesis or non-thesis option.

The M. A. in Spanish seeks to give our students a generalist foundation in the areas of Latin American, Latino/a, Spanish Peninsular literatures and cultures, and creative writing, as well as in the areas of applied linguistics and sociolinguistics. Spanish is now the second major language spoken in the world, in terms of native and secondary speakers. Its artistic, cultural, political and commercial significance is enormous, and this translates in the global marketplace. For that reason, Spanish continues attracting the largest number of students. We offer a comprehensive program that will prepare our students to be more marketable as teachers, writers, interpreters, college instructors, and Ph. D. students. Our students have been accepted into very prestigious Ph. D. programs all over the nation.


Why a Master’s of Art in Spanish at UTPA??

Below are just a few faculty and student accolades...

  • Dr. Stephanie Álvarez received the “Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education Award” (AAHHE).
  • Dr. Guadalupe Cortina, Dr. Héctor Romero and Dr. Edna Ochoa have received the “Provost’s Award in Latin American Studies” (2006, 2007, 2009).
  • Student, Roberto Flores Torres received First Place for critical essay at the Spanish in the United States Conference (2011).
  • Dr. José María Martínez and Dr. Stephanie Álvarez were recipients of the” Outstanding Faculty in the area of professional achievement” (2003, 2009).
  • Dr. Victoria Contreras received “Professor of the Year” by the Texas Foreign Language Association (1995).

Time to Degree: Two years for full-time students

Total Credit Hours: 37 hours (Non-thesis Option)/ 36 hours (Thesis Option)

Areas of Concentration: Literature, linguistics, creative writing, or a combination of literature and linguistics.

Apply Now

Request More Information

Office of Graduate Studies