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Masters in Hispanic Studies

Program Requirements 

Course-load Requirements

The Hispanic Studies M.A. is a two-year program.

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.

Language Requirements

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:

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.

Thesis Specification

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. 

Application Guidelines

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:

Online Application

To apply for admission, a completed application must be submitted, providing Western with the following:


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.

*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, 2016.

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.