Masters in Spanish

Masters in Spanish: For Students Enrolling in Fall 2016 and After

Program Update:  The content on this page reflects new program guidelines that have been established for students entering Fall 2016.  For those students who entered prior to Fall 2016, please see the following documents for details of your program:

​As we continue to update this information, the following menu items at left apply to both programs:

  • Graduate Reading Lists
  • Early Entry Program for Master of Arts in Spanish
  • Comprehensive Exam for M.A. in Spanish
  • Fellowship Program

Welcome to the Masters in Spanish offered by the Department of Languages and Culture Studies (LACS) at UNC Charlotte! Our 30-credit hour Master of Arts in Spanish offers two concentrations, each consisting of 24-30 hours of graduate course work: Language, Literature and Culture (LLC) and Translating and Translation Studies (TTS) .

Implemented in 2001, our M.A. in Spanish builds on a very successful undergraduate program that has some 150 majors and 165 minors in Spanish, an undergraduate Certificate in Translating (CT), offered since 1979, and a Certificate in Business Spanish (CBS), offered since 1998. To date, we have graduated 100 M.A. students from North Carolina, across the country, and beyond. During the academic year, we generally average 8-15 graduate students who are enrolled in the M.A. program.

The UNC Charlotte M.A. in Spanish is designed to provide a rich variety of graduate coursework in a major world language, which is growing increasingly important in North Carolina and the United States. Staffed by faculty with national and international reputations, the program serves individuals who seek:

  • a greater understanding of Spanish language, literatures and cultures;
  • career and professional advancement opportunities in translation, applied language (Spanish for the professions and specific purposes, such as business and international trade), and education; and/or
  • a Ph.D. in fields such as Hispanic literature, linguistics, translating and translation studies, intercultural communication, or international studies.

To find out more about our M.A. in Spanish, and about the application and admissions process, we invite you to read the following information: the Advising Checklist and Graduate Reading List for each concentration, and the Office of Graduate Admissions

For a quick overview of the program, download the following brochure: Master of Arts in Spanish

Program Details

Please click the following links to access details about this program:

Admission Requirements

Prerequisite Requirements

Degree Requirements

Concentration Courses

Language, Literature, and Culture (LLC) Concentration

Translating and Translation Studies (TTS) Concentration

Advising

Comprehensive Examination

Application for Degree

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for the M.A. in Spanish:

  • A baccalaureate degree in Spanish or in a related field that required upper-division coursework in undergraduate Spanish (e.g., Latin American Studies, International Studies, International Business), with an overall GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • An essay that addresses the applicant's motivation for enrolling in the M.A. in Spanish, to include particular areas of research interests and career or professional goals (Students seeking enrollment in the LLC concentration must write this essay in Spanish and demonstrate a high level of proficiency in Spanish by attaching an additional writing sample (a college term paper or similar document).  Students seeking enrollment in the TTS concentration may write the essay in either English or Spanish but must demonstrate high levels of literacy and proficiency in both languages by providing writing samples in each.)
  • An oral interview with the Graduate Program Director
  • Three letters of reference. (For those interested in the LLC concentration, at least two of the letters must be from professors. For those interested in the TTS concentration, at least one of the letters must come from a professor, and letters not written by a professor must be from professionals working in the field of Spanish, translation and interpreting, or a closely related area (e.g., Latin American Studies, International Studies, International Business).  Letters not written by professors should not come from a friend or family member, but from a work supervisor or somebody in a similar professional capacity.)

Prerequisite Requirements

LLC concentration applicants who do not have advanced-level undergraduate coursework in Spanish language and the literature and culture of Spain and Latin America will be required to take a minimum of two courses in these areas as part of their preparation for enrollment in the M.A. program.  Such coursework may be taken as a post-baccalaureate graduate student (PBG), and up to 6 credit hours of such coursework with a grade of B or higher may be transferred forward to the M.A. program upon admission to the program.  Applicants should consult with the Program Director for counseling.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Spanish requires 30 graduate credit hours.  For any course to count toward the M.A. in Spanish, it must have been taken within six years from the date of enrollment in the program.  No more than 6 credit hours evaluated with a grade of C may be counted toward the minimum hours required for the master's degree.  Up to 6 credit hours of appropriate graduate coursework may be accepted for transfer from another accredited institution.  Additional non-residence credit for graduate study abroad may be possible via departmental pre-approval.

Concentration Courses

Language, Literature, and Culture (LLC) Concentration

The Language, Literature, and Culture (LLC) concentration allows for an in-depth development of Spanish language skills and is especially recommended for teachers of Spanish.  It also provides excellent preparation for individuals who may wish to pursue the Ph.D. in Spanish, for whom courses in literature and linguistics are especially recommended.  Students may take either: (1) 30 credit hours of elective courses or (2) 24 credit hours of elective courses plus a master's thesis (6 credit hours).

Elective Courses (24-30 hours)

Students can select 5-6 course from among the following list.  With the approval of the department, students may take 3 elective credit hours in related areas as part of the 24-30 credit hours.  To do so, students must submit a written request to the Graduate Program Director explaining how these hours of elective courses will enrich their program.

Master's Thesis

The master's thesis may include Spanish and Spanish American literature; Spanish and Spanish American civilization and culture (including literature and film studies); Spanish linguistics, methodology, applied language (Spanish for business and international trade); and other special topics in Spanish.

Translating and Translation Studies (TTS) Concentration

The Translating and Translation Studies (TTS) Concentration serves individuals interested in a career in professional translation or in enhancing their career or work opportunities as specialists in the language and culture industries.  It also provides preparation for those who may wish to pursue a Ph.D. in fields such as Spanish, linguistics, translating and translation studies, intercultural communication, or international studies.  Students may take either: (1) 30 credit hours of elective courses or (2) 24 credit hours of elective courses plus a master's thesis (6 credit hours).

Spanish Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Select two from:

Translating and Translations Studies Elective Courses (18-24 credit hours)

With the approval of the department, students may take 3 elective credit hours in related areas as part of the 24-30 credit hours.  To do so, students must submit a written request to the Graduate Program Director explaining how these hours of elective courses will enrich their program.

Thesis (0-6 credit hours)

The master's thesis may include the history, theory, and method of translation; linguistics for translators; translation project management and technologies; and the analysis and translation of different types of texts and discourse: business, technical, medical, legal, scholarly, and literary.

Advising

Graduate students are advised by the Graduate Program Director and by designated graduate faculty members in good standing.

Comprehensive Examination

After Admission to Candidacy, students must successfully complete a four-hour comprehensive examination, based partly on a core Reading List and partly on the coursework completed.  The Reading List is published online at languages.uncc.edu.  Students must be enrolled during the semester in which they take the comprehensive examination, which is usually taken during their final semester of enrollment in the program.  The exams are scheduled twice a year: usually in mid to late November of each Fall semester and in mid to late April of each Spring semester.

Application for Degree

Students should make application for their degree by completing the online Application for Degree through Banner Self Service no later than the filing date specified in the University Academic Calendar.