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Program Details

Much like AP credits that count for high school and college, in the combined B.A. / M.A. program undergraduate students can take graduate courses during their fourth year that satisfy requirements for their undergraduate degree and can also be used toward the M.A. in Spanish. The result is that the typically two-year M.A. program is completed in just one year.

This program is designed for students currently in the B.A. in Spanish program at UNCW who have:

  • Completed a minimum of seventy-five (75) and a maximum of ninety-eight (98) credit hours, including credits earned from advanced placement if they start at UNCW or are transfer students (Note: More hours may be permitted under certain circumstances.) Transfer students must have completed a minimum of two semesters as full-time students at UNCW, a minimum of 24 hours.
  • Completed a minimum of twelve (12) hours of 300- or 400-level Spanish courses.
  • Completed at least one of these courses: SPN 308, 311, 312, 321, 322, 323, 385
  • A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 and minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 in the Spanish major.
With the exception of the added rigor of graduate coursework, participation in the combined B.A. / M.A. does not alter a student's undergraduate experience. Students still complete their undergraduate degree at the same pace and graduate at the end of their planned semester. Taking graduate courses during the last two semesters of undergraduate coursework does not alter existing financial aid available to students.
Departmental permission to apply to the bachelor's/master's degree program does not guarantee admission to the Graduate School. Admission to the Graduate School is contingent upon meeting eligibility requirements at the time of entering the graduate program. Acceptance will be provisional and contingent on meeting specified degree requirements; including completion of the bachelor's degree. That being said, an established record of success in graduate-level courses would clearly strengthen any application.
Students in the M.A. program can apply for a teaching assistantship (current salary up to $13,000 a year) through which students gain extensive training and real-world experience in teaching a second language. We also offer merit-based and need-based scholarships as well as grants for research and travel to academic conferences.
A student who is ineligible to participate or continue in, or withdraws from the bachelor's/master's program cannot double count any courses for both bachelor's and master's degrees. Typically, a student that does not intend to pursue the M.A. in Spanish would simply apply any completed credits to their undergraduate degree.
Dr. Boomershine, the graduate coordinator, is always happy to meet with students to discuss whether the combined B.A. / M.A. program is right for them. Please contact Dr. Boomershine at to schedule an appointment or ask any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

Facts that stand out

UNCW has become a regular fixture in national rankings of program excellence, student experience, and college value.

  1. Added to U.S. News & World Report magazine’s list of top public national universities in 2020, ranking 96th nationally for 2022
  2. Ranked 19th nationally by U.S. News among best online bachelor’s degree programs
  3. Cited by U.S. News for a “great first-year experience”
  4. Featured on the Princeton Review’s list of Best Southeastern Schools


UNCW fields eight men’s and 10 women’s NCAA Division I teams.

  • NCAA Public Recognition Awards to eight teams for top 10% academic performance in 2019-20
  • L.A. Laker Devontae Cacok ’19 became first former Seahawk to compete on an NBA championship team in 2020


A $400 million overhaul of key campus facilities is nearing completion.

  • Veterans Hall completed the health and human services quad and provides expanded support services for military-affiliated students.
  • The new Student Housing Village includes 4 new residence halls including a success center where students can find academic, advising and career assistance; two classrooms and two makerspaces; dining venues on a vibrant market-like street and a connecting path that guides students to Chancellor’s Walk and the academic heart of campus.
  • 40,000-square-foot expansion of Randall Library is planned


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