Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School


Graduate courses in Spanish and Latin-American literature in Loyola’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures are designed for students who seek increased language proficiency, an in-depth interpretation of literature and culture, and related research skills.

Courses cover a wide range of topics. As a student in the program, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the language and literature through a variety of critical approaches. The degree is especially attractive to people interested in teaching at all levels, to teachers seeking professional advancement, as well as to those who plan to continue their studies in a PhD program. Our program is also attractive to anyone interested in working in translation, interpretation, and outreach services with people of Latino or Hispanic origin in the US, as well as abroad.

The degree offers part- and full-time enrollment

• Average time to completion: 2–3 years

Our courses are conducted on both day and evening schedules.

You will complete your degree through ten regular courses, a two-part comprehensive examination based on the courses you take, and the graduate reading list. The comprehensive examination consists of a four-hour written exam and a one-hour oral exam. A second option requires that you complete nine regular courses as well as a master’s thesis and an oral defense.

Students attend department-sponsored lectures and symposia featuring outstanding writers and scholars. Previous visiting lecturers include:

• Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina

• Lidia Falcón , Spain

• Rosario Ferré, Puerto Rico

• Carlos Fuentes, Mexico

• Carmen Martin Gaite, Spain

• Luis Rafael Sánchez, Puerto Rico

• Manuel Vincent, Spain

• Jose Manuel Prièto, Cuba

Graduate students are also invited to departmental functions, including faculty seminars on contemporary literary theory, Spanish authors, and more. Chicago itself offers many educational and research opportunities, as well as extraordinary cultural and recreational resources—the Newberry Library and the Cervantes Institute are two prime examples.

The MA degree in Spanish is a highly personalized degree program. You’ll participate in traditional lecture/discussion courses as well as smaller graduate seminars that promote in depth study and conversation. Students are also able to explore their individual interests through directed reading and research studies and choose relevant electives from other departments.

You will have the opportunity to participate in a four-week summer program in Córdoba, Spain, at Universidad Loyola Andalucía, by taking classes or by completing an internship as assistant to the on-site faculty director of the summer study abroad program for undergraduates. Other options for taking one or two graduate-level courses in programs in Spain or Latin America also exist, such as the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

Faculty members have a strong presence in advising and supporting students through the completion of their degrees. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor. In coordination with the Graduate Program Director, students and advisors work closely together in order to ensure that students understand the requirements of the program. Faculty members also advise students in areas of professional development.

Begin the financial aid process by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.

The Graduate School has limited funds available for financial assistance, usually in the form of teaching assistantships. Financial aid from Loyola’s Financial Aid Office will not impact your ability to apply for financial aid through the Graduate School. To learn more about these financial aid opportunities, visit LUC.edu/finaid/graduateschool.

Learn more about faculty, curriculum, and how to apply to the MA in Spanish Graduate Program