COVID-19 Admissions Alert

In response to the disruptions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic and out of special concern for our currently enrolled graduate students, the Spanish faculty has decided to pause admissions to all three of the Spanish graduate programs offered by the Department of Romance & Classical Studies at Michigan State University, including the PhD in Hispanic Cultural Studies, the MA in Hispanic Literatures and the MA in Spanish as a Second or Bilingual Language. This one-year pause will enable us to devote our attention to supporting our current students. Graduate training and research are central to the mission of our department and we expect to re-open admissions for the 2022-23 academic year beginning next September. While we do not pause admissions lightly, in these uncertain times we are committed to extending additional resources to foster our current students’ success and wellbeing. Please contact grad@rcs.msu.edu if you have any questions between now and next September. 


Admissions Information

In addition to the Graduate School online application forms for domestic and international students, see the following requirements for admission to our programs:

Before you can be officially admitted into the graduate study program at Michigan State University, please make sure that all of the following items are submitted to the Department of Romance and Classical Studies.  When preparing the MSU Graduate Online Application, refer to the following program codes:
MASTER’S PROGRAM – 5771 Spanish as a Second or Bilingual Language 
MASTER’S PROGRAM – 5733 Hispanic Literatures
DOCTORAL DEGREE – 5734 Hispanic Cultural Studies 

To be considered for admission, an applicant must submit the following along with the online application:

Master of Arts:

  • Application Form
  • Degree of Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Spanish, Hispanic Studies, Spanish Philology, or equivalent, depending on the desired specialization.
  • GPA of 3.0 or more (or equivalent).
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Transcript and degrees or diplomas:  Request that all colleges or universities attended, or examination boards send original hard copy of all transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets, and certificates directly to Michigan State University in an official, sealed envelope.
  • Statement of purpose (500 words).
  • English Language proficiency. Prospective graduate students who are not native speakers of Spanish must demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language they will teach, before being awarded an assistantship. The language director or another faculty member will interview candidates by phone.
  • International Students and/or prospective graduate students who are not native speakers of English must take the TOEFL test.  See Graduate Handbook for minimum scores to be considered for admission.
  • International students must also pass an oral proficiency test in English upon their arrival at Michigan State University.
  • Deadline for application to receive full consideration for a teaching assistantship or other forms of financial support is December 15.  The Department will accept applications after the deadline date; however, we cannot guarantee financial support.

Doctor of Philosophy:

  • Application Form
  • Degree of Master of Arts with a Major in Spanish, Hispanic Studies, Spanish Philology, or equivalent, depending on the desired specialization.
  • GPA of 3.25 or more (or equivalent) in Spanish languages, literature and culture MA coursework.
  • Academic writing sample in Spanish.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Transcript and degrees or diplomas:  Request that all colleges or universities attended, or examination boards send original or attested copies of all transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets, and certificates directly to Michigan State University in an official, sealed envelope.
  • Statement of purpose (500 words)
  • English Language proficiency. Prospective graduate students who are not native speakers of Spanish must demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language they will teach, before being awarded an assistantship. The language director or another faculty member will interview candidates by phone.
  • International Students and/or prospective graduate students who are not native speakers of English must take the TOEFL test and receive a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based version or 213 on the computer-based version of the test.
  • International students must also pass an oral proficiency test in English upon their arrival at Michigan State University.
  • Deadline for application to receive full consideration for a teaching assistantship or other forms of financial support is December 15.  The Department will accept applications after the deadline date; however, we cannot guarantee financial support.

In addition to the online application, make sure that all material should reach us at:

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies/ Graduate Office
Wells Hall B-331
619 Red Cedar Road
East Lansing, MI 48824