How to Apply

To apply to the M.A. in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and TESOL, a joint program with Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, please visit the program website

Typically, the M.A. program in Spanish and Latin American Languages and Literatures is comprised of 10-15 students in total. This allows for close mentoring.

Applications for admission with Financial Aid should be received by January 4th. The deadline for admission without Financial Aid is April 1st. Applicants who submit their online application by the January 4th deadline will be notified in March; finalists are interviewed by Skype or telephone in February. Applicants who submit by the April 1st deadline will be notified on a rolling basis, usually about one month after receipt of the application; it is not normally possible to interview applicants who apply after January 4th.

Admission requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (normally with a GPA of 3.3 or above)
  • Undergraduate Spanish major or minor or the equivalent level of linguistic competence
  • Statement of academic purpose that addresses the applicant’s academic or professional goals (English or Spanish)
  • CV or Resume (English or Spanish)
  • Academic writing sample in Spanish (approx. 10 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation (English or Spanish)
  • Online submission of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • TOEFL or IELTS for all who are not native English speakers

The key documents for the application are the personal statement, the writing sample, and your letters of recommendation. A strong personal statement often addresses the applicant’s personal or academic goals. Make sure you proofread your Spanish-language documents carefully and give sufficient information to your recommenders to help them write the best letters possible for your application. If you do not have an academic paper in Spanish, you can write one for the application. Choose a topic and approach that demonstrate your ability to articulate critical thinking in Spanish.

If possible, you should have at least two recommendations from professors who have taught you in Spanish. Approach recommenders who can comment on your intellectual strengths and contributions in the classroom. Letters from employers and other recommenders are also accepted, but applicants should provide at least two academic references.

More information on TOEFL/IELTS requirements are listed on the GSAS Application Resource Center.

Please note that students who complete the M.A. degree in Madrid are not automatically accepted into the Ph.D. program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; a student wishing to enter the doctoral program at Washington Square must apply to this program separately. Also, please be advised that an applicant cannot apply to more than one program in GSAS at the same time.

Unfortunately, applicants cannot waive the application fee. Only certain programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are eligible for a fee waiver and ours is not one of them. 


Applications for the M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies are accepted through the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS). For detailed information on application requirements and to apply to the M.A. program, please visit the GSAS Application Resource Center.