Spanish, Master of Arts

St. John's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Queens Campus



St. John’s University, one of the largest Catholic Universities in the United States, has supported Hispanic literature and culture in various ways: 

  • sponsoring a series of lectures and symposia;
  • inviting thought provoking individuals to share their ideas and work;
  • creating a Committee on Latin American and Caribbean studies (CLACS) that offers an Advanced Interdisciplinary Certificate;
  • and, through the Department of Languages and Literatures, co-sponsoring the publication of Annuario Medieval, a scholarly journal that Focuses on the literature of the Middle Ages.  


Master of Arts Program in Spanish
The Department also offers a program of graduate study in the literature, linguistics and civilization of the Hispanic world, leading to the degree of Master of Arts. This specialized program is intended to prepare students for further scholarship, teaching at all levels, or related careers. The Department sponsors an ongoing series of lectures by prominent literary figures from both Spain and Latin America and the publication of the literary journal Anuario Medieval.


Department Information
Zoe Petropoulou, Ph.D.,  Chair
Languages & Literatures
St.John Hall Room 434
Queens,NY 11439
(718) 990-5211


Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian, Graduate Program Director
Languages & Literatures
St.John Hall Room 434G
Queens, NY 11439
(718) 990-5209

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Admission Requirements for the M.A. Degree in Spanish
Applicants must possess a B. A. degree from an accredited institution or be in the last semester of college and submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and/ or any prior graduate work.  They must have completed at least 24 semester hours of foreign languages, with 18 of these credits in Spanish above the intermediate level with a minimum of a 3.0 index.  They must also have a 3.0 cumulative index or above.  

Program Requirements
To meet the different needs of students, two options are offered:  the thesis option, recommended for those who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish, and the non-thesis option fir those who consider the M.A. as a terminal degree.  In both options students must complete 33 credits.  If the thesis option is selected, six of these 33 credits are applied to thesis research. 

Graduate Admission Information
Robert Medrano, Director
Office of Graduate Admission
(718) 990-2790

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Global Approach to Education

As further evidence of its commitment to Hispanic Studies, the University has provided opportunities for study abroad in Latin America and in Spain.  It has established the Gabriela Mistral Scholarship/Beca Gabriela Mistral, named after the Chilean Nobel Prize Laurate.  Entre Rascacielos, Epsilon Kappa’s Literary Journal, publishes works written by students and alumni and members of the Hispanic community. 

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