Master of Arts (MA)

Master of Arts (MA)

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers graduate courses leading to two degrees: Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Students must consult with the Graduate Coordinator concerning all matters having to do with their programs.

 

The M.A. program is usually completed in one year of full-time study. Part-time students require the same qualifications as full-time students and do the same amount of work in the total program. Part-time students must complete all requirements within 5 years of first enrolment.

Please consult the admission requirements and application procedures for the M.A. program. General information about graduate studies at the University of Toronto may be directed to the School of Graduate Studies. Students are urged to become familiar with the regulations of the School of Graduate Studies as soon as possible. The information on this Web site should not be viewed as a substitute for the official Calendar of the School of Graduate Studies.

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The M.A degree requires completion of eight half-courses at the graduate level. Students must specialize in one of two fields:

  • Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
  • Hispanic Linguistics

Specialization requires that each student complete course work in accordance with distribution requirements that are defined in terms of the four areas of the department ’s graduate curriculum:

1. Medieval Spanish Literature and Culture (to 1500)
2. Early Modern Hispanic Literature and Culture (1500-1700)
3. Modern and Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Culture (1700-present)
4. Hispanic Linguistics

It is the department’s expectation that full-time students will complete all program requirements in one academic year. The MA program is also available on a part-time basis. Applicants should be aware that part-time students are not eligible for funding.

Medieval & Early Modern Hispanic Literature and Culture

Each student will select courses in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator, according to the following distribution:

  • all available courses in Medieval & Early Modern Hispanic Literature and Culture
  • two half-courses in Modern & Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Culture
  • additional half-courses to complete the equivalent of four full courses; one half-course may be taken from a cognate unit (for example, Book History and Print Culture, Centre for Comparative Literature, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, Centre for Medieval Studies, French, History, Linguistics, or Women’s Studies)

Modern & Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Culture

Each student will select courses in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator, according to the following distribution:

  • all available courses in Modern & Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Culture
  • two half-courses in Medieval & Early Modern Hispanic Literature and Culture
  • additional half-courses to complete the equivalent of four full courses; one half-course may be taken from a cognate unit (for example, Book History and Print Culture,  Centre for Comparative Literature, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, French, History, Linguistics, Centre for Medieval Studies, Women’s Studies)

Hispanic Linguistics 

Applicants in the field Hispanic Linguistics must have completed an introductory course in Linguistics (LIN 100Y or an equivalent course). Students who have not completed LIN 100Y as part of their undergraduate studies must take this course in the summer directly preceding their admission to the M.A. program.

Each student will select courses in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator and with the faculty members in this field, distributed as follows:

  • 3 half-courses from the available courses in Hispanic Linguistics;
  • 1 half-course selected from linguistics courses offered by other units (for example, Linguistics; French; Italian; Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE/UT);
  • any 3 half-courses from the Department of Linguistics for students who have training in linguistics. For those coming without any training in linguistics, this is a suggested list:
    • LIN 1028H Phonetics
    • LIN 1029H Sound Patterns in Language
    • LIN 1031H Morphological Patterns in Language
    • LIN 1032H Syntactic Patterns
  • additional half-courses to complete the equivalent of four full courses



Applicants to the M.A. program should have a four-year undergraduate degree or the equivalent from a recognized university in Spanish or a cognate discipline. In addition to fluency in spoken and written Spanish, they should have a general background in Hispanic literature and/or linguistics, normally demonstrated through undergraduate course work. The department advises potential applicants with limited backgrounds in Hispanic studies to take additional courses at the undergraduate level before applying to the M.A. program; recommended areas of preparation are Medieval & Early Modern Hispanic Literature and Culture, Modern and Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Culture, and Hispanic Linguistics. Such applicants should consult the Graduate Coordinator.

The application process is competitive and meeting the minimum standards for admission to SGS does not guarantee acceptance.

For application instructions please click on Application Procedures.