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Spanish (MA, PhD)

The UI Department of Spanish & Portuguese offers an MA and PhD in Spanish. The degrees are awarded by the Graduate College. Instruction is offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The MA is offered without a thesis. The department also offers an MFA in Spanish Creative Writing.

Admission Requirements 

Applicants must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the department offering the degree program (review the department's web site or the General Catalog for departmental requirements).

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are.

Application Deadlines 

  • Fall semester—January 15 (late applications considered only if space is available)
  • Spring semester—August 15 (late applications considered only if space is available)
  • Summer session—not offered

Application Procedures 

To apply to this degree program, you will need to submit some application materials to your academic department and some to the Office of Admissions.

Materials to send to the department:

  • Your official academic records/transcripts (current and former UI students do not need to provide UI transcripts)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (PDF)
  • Application for Graduate Awards (PDF)
  • A one- or two-page statement of purpose
  • MA applicants must submit a paper in Spanish that shows their ability to do linguistic or literary analysis.
  • PhD applicants must submit three research papers that demonstrate achieved excellence in literary or linguistic analysis and argumentation. At least one of these papers must be in Spanish.

Materials to send to Admissions:

  • A second set of your official academic records/transcripts (current and former UI students do not need to provide UI transcripts)
  • Your official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University's institutional code is 6681).
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to comply with the university's English Language Proficiency Requirements.
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.


If you Apply Online, the $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa. If you cannot pay by credit card, you may Download and Print an Application (PDF) and pay the fee by check or money order in U.S. currency made payable to "The University of Iowa."

Contact Information 

Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Department of Spanish & Portuguese
The University of Iowa
111Phillips Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396