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CSULA Graduate Student Handbook (download this pdf file) has information about applying to graduate programs, financing a graduate education, and important policies and services for graduate students.

The University catalog describes the general graduate requirements as well as the details of the Spanish M.A. program.  This document is intended to supplement the catalog and does not supersede it in any way.  For all official rules and requirements, please consult the current catalog.

 

I. Admission Requirements

Generally, applicants must have a baccalaureate in Spanish. A 2.75 GPA in the last 90 quarter units and a 3.0 GPA in Upper Division Spanish courses are required.  Students who do not meet the grade point requirements may be admitted by special action (see University Catalog and consult the Department Graduate Advisor). Applicants whose undergraduate major was not in Spanish, as appropriate, must consult the Department Graduate Advisor in order to determine prerequisites or their equivalents.  

II. Application for Admission

All applicants must apply to the University online at /www.csumentor.edu/.  THIS REQUIREMENT MUST BE MET WHETHER THE CANDIDATE IS A GRADUATE OF CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES OR OF ANOTHER INSTITUTION. In addition to the University application, a departmental application is required, and an oral proficiency interview may be required.  This application may be obtained in the department office (KH-D1054), or requested by telephone (323) 343-4230.

III. Program Description

The M.A. degree in Spanish requires successful completion of a minimum of 48 quarter units of course work plus a comprehensive examination. Spanish candidates must complete a minimum of 28 units of 500 level course work. Individual programs are prepared in consultation with the Department Graduate Advisor.  Students who have been admitted to the University and have submitted the departmental application should make an appointment with the Department Graduate Advisor as soon as possible.

The M.A. program in Spanish at CSLA is intended to provide a basic, yet comprehensive preparation that will meet the needs of students for whom the M.A. will be a terminal degree, and for those wishing to pursue a doctorate. Candidates are required to select an area of emphasis, either Literature or Linguistics, but students are expected to evidence competence in both areas.  Questions on the M.A. examination in Spanish will be based on the Reading List that is in place at the time the exam is taken.  All the works on the Reading List are governed by the guidelines found below.  In cases where the term "selections" appears on the Reading List without qualification, it is expected that students will have read sufficient material by the author to enable them to discuss him/her in accordance with the guidelines.  For more information about Spanish M.A. Comprehensive Examination and the Reading List, please download the following pdf files.

Spanish M.A. Comprehensive Examination

Spanish M.A. Reading List

IV. Other Requirements

All students must pass the Writing Proficiency Examination in English (UNIV 400) within two quarters semesters of admission.  See the Schedule of Classes for further information and examination dates.

The approved M.A. program must be completed within seven years, with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.  Failure to sustain a 3.0 average will result in probation and eventual disqualification from the Master's program.  The GPA must be raised to 3.0 after completion of two quarters in residence or 16 units, whichever is later.  Failure to meet this requirement will result in disqualification.

All applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English.  Those who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  For further information regarding this requirement, consult the University catalog.