Masters in Hispanic Studies
The Hispanic Studies M.A. is a two-year program.
- All students must complete 7 half-courses.
- All students must take the Seminar on Transatlantic Studies (one half-course) and the Seminar on Information Systems and Research Methods (one half-course)
- Students will choose between two areas of concentration: 1) Literature; 2) Language and Linguistics. In order to fulfill the program requirements, students will take 4 half-courses in their designated area and 1 more half course from any area or graduate program. All students must choose their courses in conjunction with the Graduate Chair, who will approve all course selections.
- Due to the importance given, by Doctoral programs, to a wide knowledge in literary history and to a deep understanding of various periods and genres, students in the area of Literature are strongly encouraged to take one half-course in each of the following periods: Medieval, Golden Age, Modern, and Latin-American.
With the approval of the Graduate Chair, students may complete the M.A. program by taking 10 half-courses over two years, instead of writing a thesis.
International students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of their proficiency in English in order to graduate successfully from the program. Western University accepts the following English Proficiency tests:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score is 86, with no individual score below 20 for the internet based version; 213 for the standard electronic version; or 550 for the paper and pencil version, although some programs require a higher minimum score. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of the British Council. The minimum acceptable score is 6 out of 9. The IELTS is offered in 6 test centres in the US and 3 in Canada.
- The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) of the University of Michigan. Students must have at least 80 on each of the sections and an overall score of at least 85. Arrangements to write MELAB may be made online.
- The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment). The minimum acceptable score is 60. The CAEL Assessment is offered in several countries throughout the world as well as Canada.
- CultureWorks. The requirement is successful completion of the High-Advanced level. Click here for information regarding a conditional offer of admission, pending CultureWorks completion.
- Fanshawe College’s ESL Program. The requirement is graduation from Level 5, Advanced Academic Preparation, with a minimum 80% in all components.
Students who are required to present evidence of proficiency in English must make their own arrangements to write the TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB or CAEL and to have the official results sent directly to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by the testing agency. Those graduates from CultureWorks or Fanshawe College’s ESL Program must provide official proof of graduation.
Students who write a Master's thesis choose a subject of interest in consultation with their supervisor. In accordance with University regulations for graduate supervision, each student will have a Supervisor and a Second Reader, both members of the Graduate Faculty in Hispanic Studies. The student should decide by the end of the first term of the first year in residence whether to write a thesis, or pursue a non-thesis M.A. By the end of the second term, students who pursue the thesis option complete a 5-10 page proposal for the thesis, including bibliography.
No application will be considered until it is complete. The responsibility rests with the applicant to ensure that all documents (i.e. transcripts, letters of reference, test results) are submitted by the programs deadline for application.
Completed applications will be evaluated by the program, which makes the admission decision. The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies sends out offers of admission and handles all administrative aspects of registration.
For admission to the Master's program, applicants must possess a four-year degree from an accredited university. The program requires at least a 78% overall average in the last two full-time years of the undergraduate degree. Equivalent qualifications may be considered based on the standards of the discipline or profession.
For admission to the Doctoral program, applicants must possess a Master's degree or equivalent from an accredited university and provide evidence of research potential. The program requires at least a 80% average in the Master's degree. Equivalent qualifications may be considered based on the standards of the discipline.
Although applications are processed centrally, applicants are encouraged to contact individual faculty members to discuss their research interests and possible research projects where applicable. However, individual faculty members do not directly admit students.
If you are interested in visiting the department after submitting your application, please contact us to make arrangements. In some cases, part or all of your travel expenses may be paid for by the program.
A complete application package consists of the following:
To apply for admission, a completed application must be submitted, providing Western with the following:
- 1. Personal Information
- We ask for basic information concerning your identity and contact information.
- 2. Academic History
- We ask that you supply Western with a listing of all post‐secondary schools you have attended.
- 3. References
- We will email your referees within 24 hours of entering or updating your reference information. Each reference will be collected by Western and distributed alongside your application once it arrives. No paper reference letters are required.
- 4. Supplementary Questions
- Our supplementary questions help us to determine if our graduate program and available resources are appropriate for your area of interest. The responses you provide are made available to the program during the assessment process. One of these questions is to give a statement of academic intent. The response to thsi should be a maximum of 1500 characters. It is meant to be a brief description of academic interests and proposed specializations.
- 5. Application Fee Payment
application fee to the Master's Program in Hispanic Studies is $100.
- Western accepts two methods of payment in order to process your application.
- Credit Card (Visa/MasterCard)
- Cheque/Money Order
- 6. Supplemental Documents
- Western makes it possible for you to submit your supporting documents in a digital format. This includes an academic record/transcript from each school you note in your Academic History, English proficiency test results, and your required Project Proposal. The Project Proposal is a description of your proposed thesis research project that may include: project overview and objectives, preliminary hypotheses, contribution and relevance. The Project Proposal should include a working bibiliography. The project proposal should be 5-7 paes in Times New Roman 12 font.
- 7. Proficiency in English Scores, if applicable (You must have the testing service send your score electronically to Western.)
Western accepts digital academic records within your application however if you are offered admission you are required to provide one official academic transcript* from each post-secondary institution you have attended. These documents should be mailed directly to The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
- Past or current students of The University of Western do not need to provide transcripts for their academic history at Western. This information will be obtained internally.
*Western considers a transcript official only if it is received in a university envelope that is sealed and signed on the flap by the official person in the office issuing the transcript. If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English, a certified translation must also be included. (Non-English transcripts from institutions within Canada do not require a translation.)
All documents and transcripts submitted to The University of Western Ontario become the property of the University and will not be returned.
The deadline for first consideration applications is February 1, 2015.
All applications submitted after this date may be reviewed but cannot be guaranteed admission for the specified term regardless of your admissibility. Early applications are strongly recommended.