Graduate Policies

CSULA Spanish M.A. 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 60 semester 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 Admissions and Recruitment Homepage <>.  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.  Please click here to download the departmental application form (Spanish, M.A. Program in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures).

III. Program Description

The M.A. degree in Spanish requires successful completion of a minimum of 33 semester units of course work plus a comprehensive examination. Spanish candidates must complete a minimum of 21 units of 5000 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.  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. Exam Instructions

Spanish M.A. Comprehensive Examination

Spanish M.A. Reading List (effective in Spring 2019)

Spanish M.A. Comprehensive Examination Result Report Form (effective in Spring 2020)

IV. Other Requirements

Graduate Students are exempt from UNIV 4000 (Writing Proficiency Examination in English) or the course alternative, UNIV 4010, if they hold an earned bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university where English is the primary medium of instruction. Graduate students are also exempt from UNIV 4000 if they have a score of 41 or better on the writing portion of the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or a score of 4 on the analytic writing portion of the GRE or GMAT. Otherwise, graduate students must pass UNIV 4000 within two 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.  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.

V. Other Resources available for CSULA graduate students

The Graduate Resource Center provides academic support, professional development, and community-building opportunities for graduate students on our CSULA campus.
To learn more about graduate studies, please 
visit the Office of Graduate Studies website.