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Pursue Graduate Studies in Spanish at UNCW

  • Hands-on Training & Experience

    Students who are awarded a GTA position gain hands-on experience interacting with language learners by working in our Spanish Conversation Center, co-teaching beginning and intermediate Spanish courses, and teaching their own sections of Spanish language courses as the instructor of record.

  • Opportunities for Student / Faculty Collaboration

    Our students work closely with faculty who are experts in their fields of study in order to create original, meaningful scholarship. Our students are encouraged to seize the opportunity to develop their passions and interests.

    Many first and second-year students travel to conduct research, present their findings at national and international conferences, and publish articles in peer-reviewed journals and books.

  • Diverse Course Offerings

    Unlike many graduate programs where students take almost all work in either literature or linguistics, at UNCW students take a wide variety of courses in the linguistics, literature, film studies, history, culture, and pedagogy, among other topics.

    All of our Spanish graduate courses are taught in the evening or online which allows us to serve traditional as well as non-traditional students.

  • Financial Support

    We offer a number of teaching assistantships through which students gain extensive training and real-world experience in teaching a second language or working in units across campus.

    We also offer merit-based scholarships as well as grants for research and travel to academic conference.

  • A Supportive Academic Community

    We are invested in the academic and professional success of our students. We view the relationship between faculty and graduate student as one of supportive collaboration.

    Our primary goal is to empower students to accomplish their professional goals, whether that is teaching Spanish at the university level, pursuing a Ph.D., or working in a field where proficiency in Spanish and knowledge of Hispanic cultures are key.


Explore Our Programs

We invite you to explore our programs and all that UNCW offers. If you are interested in a program, have questions, or would like to schedule an appointment or campus visit, please email Dr. Amanda Boomershine (boomershinea@uncw.edu), coordinator of graduate programs in Spanish.

  • Admissions Requirements: M.A. in Spanish

    All applications are submitted electronically through the Graduate School. All materials are uploaded into the application.

    The following items are required to complete the application packet:

    • An application for graduate admission.
    • Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate, including US and foreign institutions).
    • Three letters of recommendation, with at least one from a professor familiar with candidate’s academic performance.
    • Two speaking samples, one in English and one in Spanish, in which the applicant introduces her/himself and describes a meaningful cultural experience.
    • A 500-word written statement in English describing career goals after completion of the M.A.
    • A 500-word writing sample in Spanish in which the applicant states and defends an opinion.

    Applicants seeking admission to the master’s degree program in Spanish must hold a bachelor’s degree in Spanish with an overall 3.00 GPA, or native or near-native proficiency in both written and spoken Spanish.

    Admissions decisions are based upon the examination of several factors, and where other indicators of success warrant, individuals who fall below the established criteria may still be considered for admission.

  • Admissions Requirements: Graduate Certificate in Hispanic Studies

    All applications are submitted electronically through the Graduate School. On the Graduate School's application information page, select APPLY and follow the instructions. All materials are uploaded into the application.

    The following items are required to complete the application packet:

    • An application for graduate admission.
    • Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate, including US and foreign institutions).
    • Three letters of recommendation, with at least one from a professor familiar with candidate’s academic performance.
    • Two speaking samples, one in English and one in Spanish, in which the applicant introduces her/himself and describes a meaningful cultural experience.
    • A 500-word essay in Spanish in which applicant describes her/his reasons for wanting to pursue graduate work in Spanish.
  • Admissions Requirements: Combined BA/MA in Spanish

    This program is open to current UNCW undergraduate students majoring in Spanish.

    Information about application procedures, program curriculum, and other aspects can be found on the Combined BA/MA in Spanish page.

  • Application Deadlines: MA & Graduate Certificate
    • Fall Admission: July 1
    • Spring Admission: October 30
    • Summer 1 Admission: April 15
    • Summer 2 Admission: May 15

For More Information, Contact:

Dr. Amanda Boomershine, Graduate Coordinator

Department of World Languages and Cultures
UNC Wilmington
Wilmington, NC 28403
boomershinea@uncw.edu
(910) 962-7922

Graduate School Admissions

UNCW, Wilmington, NC 28403-3297
gradschool@uncw.edu
uncw.edu/gradschool
Phone: 910-962-7449
Fax: 910-962-3787