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Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

M.A. in Spanish



Our Masters of Arts degree in Spanish allows students to begin their careers as Hispanists in many areas: teaching, translation, diplomacy, foreign service, social work, journalistic writing, editing, international business and much more.

Please see below the basic information about our program and current course descriptions, including program requirements, teaching assistantships, study abroad and language proficiency. 


For specific inquiries related to the Spanish Graduate Program, please contact:

D. Scott Hendrickson, S.J. D.Phil 
Graduate Program Director
Phone: 773.508.7364
Email: dhendrickson@LUC.edu

Course Descriptions

Fall 2014 Graduate Program Course Descriptions

Spring 2015 Graduate Program Course Descriptions

Previous Course Offerings

Fall 2011-Spring 2014 (pdf)


Program Description

Graduate courses in Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Loyola University Chicago are designed for students who seek professional growth in the areas of language proficiency, research skills, linguistics and in-depth interpretation of literature and culture. Courses cover a wide range of topics and exemplify different critical approaches. The faculty welcome scholars in pursuit of the rewards of intellectual stimulation and of heightened multicultural and historical consciousness. Our courses are attractive both to those who wish to continue for the Ph.D. in literature and to elementary and secondary teachers who seek professional advancement.  Recent graduates have gone on to earn their doctorates at UC Davis, UW Madison and SUNY Buffalo, while others have begun their teaching careers at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago.

The program offers graduate courses in a number of areas. Our students experience both the traditional lecture/discussion courses and the graduate seminar. All graduate classes are conducted by full-time members of the department. Specific attention is given to the individual needs of students through directed readings and research studies. Graduate students also have the opportunity to participate in our study abroad programs in ‪Córdoba, Spain and Santiago, Chile.

The department prides itself on the attention we give to our graduate students. We encourage interaction among students within and outside the formal classroom setting. We are committed to a strong advising program that gives students the individual attention necessary to complete their graduate work successfully. Close to 80% of our students receive their M.A. in two years. Graduate students may take up to three courses outside of the department in areas such as literary theory, history, philosophy, bilingual education and women's studies and gender studies.

All applicants are asked to supply official transcripts of all coursework, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement and a writing sample. GRE scores are not required.

Program Requirements

Students fulfill the requirements of the degree through the completion of ten regular courses and a two-part comprehensive examination based on the graduate reading list.  The comprehensive examination consists of a four-hour written exam and a one-hour oral exam.  A second option, subject to approval by the Graduate Program Director, would require the completion of nine regular courses, a written thesis, and an oral defense.  

Teaching Assistantships

Graduate awards, including graduate assistantships, are made on a competitive basis. To apply for an award, complete the merit award form in the application packet. Deadline for consideration is February 1.

The “Spanish Teaching Assistantship” involves teaching three undergraduate Spanish language courses over two semesters. A new “Teaching and Technology Assistantship” is also available, which involves teaching one undergraduate Spanish language course per semester and working 6 hours per week in conjunction with the Language Learning Resource Center under the supervision of the LLRC Director. This work will focus on the improved integration of technology into foreign language teaching department wide. Both assistantships include tuition waiver and are one year opportunities, renewable to a maximum of two years based on satisfactory fulfillment of duties.

If you are applying for an assistantship, please indicate clearly which one you are applying for. You may apply for both, but please indicate your preference.

Language Proficiency

Foreign students whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (TOEFL). Applicants lacking any other entrance requirements may be accepted on a probationary status. Specific prerequisites will be designated for such students.  

Students holding degrees from universities whose primary language is not Spanish are required to take the OPI test (Spanish fluency) to be considered for admission.  The test can be taken at Loyola or at home, if you do not live in the Chicago metropolitan area.  Tests taken at Loyola (OPI c) will cost $65.  Please contact the Spanish Graduate Program Director to set up an appointment.  To register for the test, go to http://www.languagetesting.com/login-and-registration and create an account.  You should use Loyola University Chicago as the client institution.  If you are not taking the test at Loyola, please go to https://www.profluentplus.com/ and follow the instructions.


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