Admissions

Admission Requirements M.A.

To be admitted into the Master’s degree program, a student must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from an accredited university or college. Special cases, such as holders of a degree in a related field, will be evaluated individually by the Graduate Committee.
  • International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or 6.3 overall on the IELTS is required.
  • Have attained a minimum 3.0 grade point average, during the last two years of her/his undergraduate program as determined by the FIU Graduate Admissions Office.
  • Demonstrate the ability to speak and to write Spanish with near-native fluency. Demonstrate the ability to read English with excellent proficiency. An examination may be necessary. Contact the Director of Graduate Study (305-348-2852); Modern Languages, FIU, Miami, FL, 33199). Students with deficiencies will be required to complete certain course work in Spanish and Spanish-American Literature before beginning graduate study.
  • Apply for graduate admission to the Graduate Admissions Office and submit to the Department of Modern Languages the following documentation:
    • Two letters of recommendation from former professors in the format required by the Graduate Studies Committee,
    • A resume,
    • A statement of purpose in English, addressing the candidate’s goals and objectives in pursuing graduate studies in Spanish,
    • A research paper on literary analysis in Spanish. The paper must follow the MLA style and must include an original argument with explication of the text (min. 7 pages not including bibliography)
    • Official transcripts,
    • Online application ($30 fee) through gradschool.fiu.edu, and
  • Receive approval of the Spanish Graduate Committee. Admission is competitive and meeting all minimum requirements does not guarantee automatic entrance into the program. The Spanish Graduate Committee will evaluate carefully all application materials and will make a decision based on the potential of the student to finish graduate work successfully. Special attention will be given to the quality of the writing sample.
  • Admission for the MA is done only for the Fall and Spring terms, all application materials must be received by the Department of Modern Languages no later than April 1st for Fall entry and October 1st for Spring entry.

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Admission Requirements Ph.D.

To be admitted to the doctoral program, a student must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from an accredited college or university. Special cases, such as holders of a degree in a related field, will be evaluated individually by the Department.
  • Demonstrate native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and advanced proficiency in English. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required.
  • Have attained a minimum 3.0 grade point average, during the last two years of her/his undergraduate program as determined by the FIU Graduate Admissions Office. Applicants with Master’s degrees are required to have a graduate GPA of 3.5.
  • Provide recent competitive scores for the EXADEP or the GRE. Contact Click Here for testing arrangements
  • Apply for graduate admission to the Admissions Office and submit to the Department of Modern Languages the following documentation:
    • Two letters of recommendation from former professors in the format required by the Graduate Studies Committee,
    • A resume,
    • A statement of purpose in English, addressing the candidate’s goals and objectives in pursuing a doctorate in Spanish,
    • A writing sample in Spanish, preferably a term paper or thesis, of analytical nature, on a literary subject,
    • Official transcripts,
    • Online application ($30 fee) through gradschool.fiu.edu, and
    • (Optional) A letter requesting a possible Teaching Assistantship from the department.
  • Receive approval of the departmental Graduate Studies Committee. Admission is competitive, and meeting all minimum requirements does not guarantee automatic entrance to the program. The Spanish Graduate Committee will evaluate carefully all application materials and will make a decision based on the potential of the student to finish graduate work successfully. Special attention will be given to the quality of the writing sample.
  • Admission for the PhD is done only for the Fall term, all application materials must be received by the Department of Modern Languages no later than February 15th. Deadline to apply if seeking assistantship: December 15th.