Master of Arts in Spanish


The Master of Arts Program in Spanish at the University of Colorado Denver offers an alternative to exclusively literary studies that traditionally lead to doctoral programs. By integrating language, literature and cultural studies with ancillary work in other disciplines, the degree provides the broader expertise desired by those who plan to pursue or are already pursuing careers outside the university.  The program is also offered completely online.


We have many scholarship opportunities available for qualified Master's students. Our department hires interested students as TA’s, earning between $3,864-$6,440 per semester (depending on the class taught). We also offer a departmental scholarship to our TA’s of  $1,128 per semester, for up to 4 semesters. That means you could be receiving up to $15,136 per year to offset full time student costs.

Graduate Program Coordinator

Andrés Lema-Hincapie
Office: Plaza Building, Room 118 B
Phone: 303-315-7234


Pay In-State Tuition

The Spanish Master’s Program participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), which is a tuition-reciprocity arrangement with 15 participating states and 1 Commonwealth. The WRGP program allows students who are residents of these participating states to pay in-state tuition for the duration of the MA program. In addition to Colorado, the participating states include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. 

To apply for residency status in the Spanish MA program, identify yourself as WICHE WRGP applicant on your graduate studies application. WRGP applicants must meet the university's WRGP admission requirements and deadlines.

Application Deadlines

  • New Spanish MA students are accepted for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
  • For best consideration, all application materials should be submitted by March 15th for Summer and Fall, and by October 15th for Spring. Applications received after these dates will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Student Learning Goals

This program aims to provide students with language skills and cultural knowledge that will lead to careers in business and international trade, government, teaching, and social services. Specifically, students will learn:

  • to understand the intricacies of the Spanish language and its history
  • to develop a working knowledge of some of the most important works created in Spanish, in disciplines including literature, film, linguistics and cultural history
  • to develop the linguistic proficiency in Spanish to engage in intellectual discussion in both academic and non-academic settings using standard pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary
  • to think, speak and write analytically and critically about culture.

Program Information


Master's Students' Theses