M.A. Spanish

The Master of Arts in Spanish

The Master of Arts in Spanish offers students academic and practical training in the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Spanish-speaking communities of Spain, Latin America, and the United States. Our faculty members bring a strong interdisciplinary focus to both scholarship and teaching, and our courses cover a wide variety of topics in all areas and historical periods. These include, among others, Hispanic linguistics, colonial Spanish American literature, medieval and renaissance Spain, contemporary Spanish film and culture, transatlantic studies, or 19th- & 20th-century Latin American literature.

Teaching Spanish

Whether you are pursuing your dream of becoming a teacher or interested in receiving some financial help to complete your studies, the Master of Arts in Spanish provides you with the opportunity to be employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and gain valuable training as a teacher of Spanish language and culture. Our TAs receive a 100% tuition waiver and are put in charge of teaching one or two sections of Spanish courses per semester. Accordingly, a vital part of our program involves courses in teaching methodology and linguistics, and it involves practical classroom experience under the supervision of a faculty member. If you are applying to the Spanish MA Program and are interested in a Graduate Assistantship, please contact the Graduate Program Director: Dr. David Arbesú.

Careers & Placement

Students graduating with a Master of Arts in Spanish from the Dept. of World Languages at USF are well-educated communicators with deep translingual and transcultural competence. Our graduates have been accepted into some of the most prestigious Ph.D. programs in the country, have found careers in related fields such as translation, foreign and domestic businesses, government, and civic service agencies, or have accepted teaching positions at both local and national schools and colleges.


Admission Requirements & Information

All Graduate Admission Requirements can be found in the  USF Graduate Catalog 2022-2023.

Program Application Deadlines

For questions or further information contact:

David Arbesú, PhD
Graduate Program Director for Spanish MA
Dept. of World Languages - CPR 446
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620



The Spanish Graduate Student Association (SGSA) represents graduate students currently enrolled in the Spanish MA program at the Department of World Languages at USF. SGSA is committed to the well-being of not only its members but also the USF community at large. Each semester, we sponsor a variety of academic and cultural events as well as professional development workshops and social gatherings. Our mission is to advocate for the importance of Hispanic languages and cultures in an intercultural, global context. SGSA is an open-enrollment association and therefore invites all interested students to join. We strive for diversity, equity and inclusion. Welcome!

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Student Accomplishments

Spanish MA Students: Placement & Achievements

Cristhian Alfonso (MA 2016) was accepted to the Ph.D. Program at the University of Georgia.

Verónica Rodríguez (MA 2016) has accepted a job as Spanish teacher at Bridge Prep Academy in Tampa, FL.

Nilofer Bharwani (MA 2016) is now working for the Peace Corps and will travel to Ecuador as Secondary English Teacher Trainer.

Elizabeth Cornet Ovalles (MA 2016) has accepted a job as Spanish teacher at Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, FL.

Philip Allen (MA 2015) was accepted to the Ph.D. Program at the University of Florida and received a University Fellowship.

Marisol Rosario (MA 2015) is now a Spanish teacher at the Ana G. Méndez University System.

Alejandro Cortés (MA 2015) is now a Spanish teacher at Middleton High School in Tampa, FL.

Gonzalo Páez (MA 2015) is now teaching at Pasco eSchool and St. Petersburg College.

Develyn González (MA 2015) is a Spanish teacher at the Ana G. Méndez University System.

Yoha Carrera (MA 2014) teaches Spanish at the Henry B. Plant High School in Tampa, FL.

Vivian Mills (2014) was accepted to the Ph.D. Program at the University of Washington.

Delaram Kalayeh (MA 2013) was accepted to the Ph.D. Program at Nebraska University.

Valeria Wolters (MA 2013) has accepted a job as Spanish and ESOL teacher at Saddlebrook Preparatory School in Wesley Chapel, FL.

Kathryn Henry (MA 2013) has accepted a job as Spanish teacher at the Methodist School Center in Brooksville, FL.