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Spanish and Latin American Studies | Combined BA and MA

Combined BA/MA in Spanish and Latin American Studies

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its accelerated Bachelor's/Master's programs. Undergraduate students may complete up to 9 credit hours required for the graduate degree that may be applied to the requirements for both degree programs. The department that oversees the graduate program the student enters will determine if the courses the undergraduate student completes will satisfy Master's degree requirements. Bachelor's Master's students must complete at least 18 in-residence credit hours at the graduate level after the bachelor's degree is earned and maintain continuous, sequential enrollment in the two programs.

This program enables students to complete both the BA and the MA in Spanish and Latin American Studies.


Interested students should apply for admission to the program in their junior year. Students in this program are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students will be admitted formally to MA status only if they have completed all requirements for the BA in Spanish with at least an overall 3.0 grade point average and a 3.5 grade point average in all Spanish courses.

Applications should include a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation written by professors of Spanish topics courses, and a sample paper in Spanish (5-7 pages).


All requirements for the BA in Spanish Studies, BA in Language and Area Studies: Spanish/Latin America, or BA in Foreign Language and Communication Media (Spanish).

At least one of the graduate courses the student takes in the BA program must be at the 500-level.

Undergraduate students may apply up to 9 credit hours of approved graduate-level course work (500 or 600 level) in Spanish courses to satisfy the requirements of both degrees.

All requirements for the MA in Spanish and Latin American Studies, including a minimum of 18 credit hours completed in residence in graduate status after the undergraduate degree has been awarded.

Students must finish the Master's degree requirements within three years from the date of the first enrollment in the Master's program.