Oct 21, 2021  
2020-2021 General Catalog 
2020-2021 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Spanish, M.A.

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The core coursework for the Master of Arts in Spanish is offered in three summer intensives. During the academic year, students engage in elective coursework, a teaching practicum, or internship, which results in a light schedule that allows students flexibility in maintaining employment or simultaneously completing a single-subject teaching credential. Distance learners can also benefit from this unique arrangement; upon approval by the graduate coordinator, up to 9 units of upper-division or graduate-level electives may be taken at another accredited college. Program faculty include both SSU Spanish faculty and visiting faculty from other colleges teaching in their area of specialization.

This Special Sessions program is a partnership between the School of Arts and Humanities, and the School of Extended & International Education (SEIE). As a self-support program, unique, separate fees are charged on a per-unit basis for all courses required for this program. These fees are set annually by the SSU President. Information about fees, admission requirements, and student support services is available through SEIE. Academic criteria for the program are determined in accordance with all applicable SSU and CSU policies. Degrees are awarded by the School of Arts and Humanities.

Requirements For Admission

  1. Completion of a Bachelor's degree at an accredited institution by the end of the Fall semester (or Winter quarter) preceding enrollment. As this is a summer start program, Spring graduates will not have evidence of completing their degrees in time to matriculate. One official sealed transcript no later than two years old showing the most recent 60 semester (90 quarter) units you have attempted, including award of the Bachelor's degree and any other work you have completed since. 
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (A=4.00) over the last 60 semester units completed. Students with a lower GPA may be considered on a space-available basis.
  3. Passage of the Written English Proficiency Test (WEPT) or equivalent demonstration of writing competency.
  4. A written Statement of Purpose, in Spanish, regarding your professional experience and academic interests as related to the Spanish M.A. Program (maximum 500 words).
  5. A sound file of an oral description of your experience as a learner/speaker of Spanish spoken by you in Spanish (maximum of four minutes).

For more information, please refer to Graduate Degrees in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

Requirements for the M.A.

  1. Advancement to candidacy form (GSO1) fully signed and submitted to the Graduate Studies Office;
  2. Grade point average of 3.0 or better for all work attempted in graduate status and in all work approved as a part of the specific pattern of study. With the approval of the graduate coordinator, a maximum of 9 units of upper-division or graduate-level academic coursework at an accredited institution may be included as part of the student's specific pattern of study. All courses are to be taken for a letter grade;
  3. Passage of the Written English Proficiency Test (WEPT) or equivalent demonstration of writing competency;
  4. Completion of Requirements form (GSO2) must be fully signed and submitted to the Graduate Studies Office.
  5. All requirements for the M.A. degree in Spanish, including written proficiency, language competency, and conditional requirements stipulated at the time of admission to candidacy, must be satisfactorily completed within seven years from the time the student completes the first course in the program; and
  6. Satisfactory performance on the culminating comprehensive exam.


Total core courses: 28 Total units required for the MA: 34


For their elective coursework, MA Spanish students may elect to enroll in upper-division (Junior or Senior) or graduate-level classes at SSU, or, on approval of the graduate coordinator, at another accredited institution. At SSU, students sign up for a special section of SPAN 595. Electives (SPAN 595 or transferred) Unit(s): 6

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