M.A. in Spanish (Information for Applicants)

Admission to the Program

Admission to the MA Program in Spanish is a two-part part process. First, the prospective student must apply for admission to the university through the Graduate Division. Meanwhile, the applicant must also send two letters of recommendation, statements of purpose and a writing sample directly to the Spanish Graduate Coordinator.
Send application portfolio to:
Spanish Program Graduate Coordinator
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132

University Entrance Requirements

In order to register for graduate study a student must first be admitted by the Graduate Division. Students may be considered for admission to the University and the Graduate Division when they hold the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a regionally-accredited college or university; when they are in good standing at the last college or university attended; and when they meet the academic standards specified for graduate students, that is, at least a 3.0 grade-point average in the last 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units) taken, undergraduate or graduate.

Entrance Requirements Established by the Spanish Program

In addition to the requirements established by the University and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, a student must also meet the following admission requirements established by the Spanish M.A. Program:
  1. All applicants are expected to have the equivalent of a B.A. in Spanish, that is, 30 units of upper-division work in Spanish, with a GPA of 3.0 or better. If the student has not met this requirement, he or she may, at the discretion of the Program, be admitted as a “conditionally classified” graduate student. Students thus admitted must satisfactorily complete a number of specified courses before they become fully classified. These courses are not included in the 30 units required for the Masters.
  2. Applicants must provide for two recent letters of recommendation to be sent to the program. 
  3. Applicants must demonstrate to the Spanish faculty a record of prior scholastic achievement indicative of potential success as a graduate student.  This means that applicants must submit a brief writing sample (essay) in Spanish or English in which he or she analyzes a literary, cultural, or historical topic.
  4. Applicants must also submit two copies of a brief statement of purpose, one in English, the other in Spanish. The statement in English satisfies the University’s Level 1 English proficiency requirement; care should be taken to submit a statement that demonstrates good English usage, sound reasoning and solid structure.
  5. Applicants are responsible for meeting appropriate deadlines.  Materials sent directly to the Spanish Graduate Coordinator must be postmarked by May 1 to be considered for Fall admission, or by October 1, to be considered for Spring admission.

Fall 2017 deadline has been extended to May 31.