Graduate Program

  • Graduate student presentations
    Graduate student presentations during the Gabriel García Márquez Symposium, April 2015

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers the following four options leading to the M.A. degree in Languages, Literatures and Cultures with specializations in Spanish:

Departmental MA: selective focus on literature, language, and culture (2 years)

Interdisciplinary MA: language, literature and culture as well as another field in the humanities (2 years)

Joint MA: combination of a Foreign Language and Literatures M.A. and an English M.A. (TESL) (3 years)

The Department also offers a 12-credit graduate certificate in Spanish Linguistics and Literary Studies (SLLF-CT). This option is open to students from other departments, as well as to non-CSU or non-degree seeking students with a Bachelor’s degree.

  • To be accepted for the Graduate Certificate, the Graduate Studies Committee will need to assess the level of proficiency in the language of the applicant, and may interview the candidate. Applicants can also demonstrate their language proficiency through a proficiency test such as the OPI or DEFL.
  • Applicants for the Graduate Certificate will need to submit a CV, and identify 2 recommenders that will be contacted by the committee. Their recommendations need to be sent directly to, and at least one of them should specifically address the proficiency level and maturity for graduate level courses in the language.

For more information regarding the Certificate options, please contact us at

Opportunities Within The Department
Graduate students can be offered assistantships, scholarships, or an hourly position as the Manager of the LLC Language Lab. Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) are selected based on their linguistic competence in the Foreign Language and on their experience. They typically teach first and second semester courses in Spanish. Scholarships might also be available for graduate students who do not teach. The Language Lab Manager position is offered annually to a non-teaching, admitted graduate student. There are also scholarships for conference travel and for excellence in teaching and research.

How To Apply

Please apply online at the Graduate School Webpage.

Submit Application Materials

After submitting your online application and paying your application fee, begin submitting your supporting materials to complete your application:

  • Upload a variety of supporting documents directly to your application.
  • To submit official transcripts, contact your previous institutions to request they submit official transcripts to Colorado State University (use institution code 4075).
  • Candidates from countries in which English is not the official language must also provide evidence of competency in English equivalent or higher to: a TOEFL PLT score of 550, or a TOEFL IBT score of 80; a IELTS score of 6.5; or a Pearson PTE score of 58. To submit test scores, contact the testing agency to request that scores be sent directly to Colorado State University (use institution code 4075). For a list of countries exempted from the English Proficiency Requirement click here.
  • For any documents that cannot be uploaded, submit paper copies directly to the Office of Admissions at:

Graduate Admissions
CSU Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status
View the status of your application  at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or check on updates.

Please note that if you are applying to the Joint MA, you will need to apply to both the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Graduate Program and the English Graduate Program. More information on the English Graduate Program can be found here.

Students entering the program are advised to read thoroughly the most recent Graduate Studies Manual and familiarize themselves with the existing options and procedures.

Reading Lists

The reading lists for each specialization are:


  • MA Defense Survey
    [Students need to bring copies to the defense of the Thesis/Portfolio/Project]


Theses & Projects Defended

For more information regarding the Languages, Literatures and Literatures Graduate Program, please contact:
Antonio Pedros-Gascon (Graduate Coordinator) at