Spanish (MA) Contact Information and Application Instructions
|College:||Arts and Sciences|
|Department:||Spanish and Portuguese||235 Ortega Hall||(505) 277-5907||F: (505) 277-3885|
|Chair:||Dr. Santiago Vaquera Vasquezemail@example.com||(505) 277-6500||F: (505) 277-3885|
|Graduate Faculty Contact:|
|Staff Advisor:||Martha Hurdfirstname.lastname@example.org||(505) 277-2974||F: (505) 277-3885|
The following information is provided to help the prospective student successfully apply for admission to the Spanish (MA) graduate program at the University of New Mexico. Although Graduate Studies strives to keep this information up-to-date, we still encourage you to visit the program's website to verify application deadlines, instructions, and required materials.
International students (including non-U.S. citizen permanent residents) generally must complete additional steps to apply to a graduate program at UNM and demonstrate English proficiency. Please see the Global Education Office's International Admissions website for more information.
|Fall Admission||Applications submitted on or before January 15th will be evaluated for admission and be given priority for Teaching Assistantships. Applications submitted between January 16th & March 15th will be evaluated for admission on March 15th but Teaching Assistantship opportunities may be reduced.|
Application Materials and Instructions
|APPLICATION CATEGORY||SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS|
|Educational Background||Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded to the online application. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. All foreign transcripts/diplomas must be sent with a certified English translation.|
|Program of Interest||Select: College of Arts and Sciences > Spanish and Portuguese > Spanish|
|Letter of Intent||All applicants must submit a narrative statement of intent. This document is one of the most important components of the application and should be prepared thoughtfully. It may be written in English, Spanish or Portuguese. The statement should include a description of their undergraduate studies in Spanish and/or Portuguese and related areas, any additional experiences which bear on their qualifications or interest in graduate studies, and a clear indication of the reasons for pursuing a graduate degree. Applicants should describe their specific interests within the programs offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and should indicate why they have chosen the University of New Mexico. In addition, applicants should outline their future career plans in as much detail as possible. Simply stating “I have always enjoyed Spanish,” “I want to learn more about Spanish/improve my abilities,” or “Portuguese is my native language” is not adequate. The M.A. is a professional degree, and applicants need to indicate why they are qualified to undertake this professional training and how they intent to use it in the future.|
|CV/Resume||Required. No special instructions.|
Candidates seeking a Teaching Assistantship in Spanish must take the Versant Language Proficiency Exam and submit the scores to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The test can be purchased for $25 by selecting the Spanish link at the bottom of that page. The test takes approximately 15-17 minutes to complete, is taken over the phone, and provides the results within minutes of completing the test. All instructions for taking the test are included with the purchase of the test. The test scores are NOT sent to the department by Pearson, a copy should be sent to the department with application materials.
|Recommendations||Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be written by professors or scholars who can attest to your abilities and qualifications and inform us of your academic potential in your chosen area.|
Contact for Questions and Further Information
|Graduate Academic Advisor||Martha Hurd|
Click here to visit the program website