Spanish, Master of Arts

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



The Master of Arts program in Spanish at St. John’s University allows students to immerse themselves in the literature, language, and culture of the Hispanic world, preparing them for further scholarship, teaching at all levels, and many related careers.

The program offers a thesis and a non-thesis option. The thesis option requires students to complete three credits in each of the following concentrations:

  • Linguistics
  • Peninsular Literature before 1700
  • Peninsular Literature of the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries
  • Spanish-American Literature from Pre-Columbian through the 19th Century
  • Spanish-American Literature from Modernismo to the Present

In addition, students in the thesis option take 12 elective credits in any concentration and six credits of Master’s Research (900). Students in the non-thesis track take a minimum of three credits in each concentration and 18 credits of elective coursework. All students sit for a comprehensive exam to complete their degrees.

Students in the M.A. Spanish program may be eligible to join St. John’s Epsilon Kappa chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, and to receive the prestigious Gabriela Mistral Award, which is presented to outstanding students of Spanish who are active members of Sigma Delta Pi.

Department Information
Zoe Petropoulou, Ph.D., Chair
Languages and Literatures
St. John Hall, Room 434
Queens, NY 11439

Marie-Lise Gazarian, Ph.D., Director
Graduate Program in Spanish
Languages and Literatures
St. John Hall, Room 434G
Queens, NY 11439

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Applicants to the M.A. in Spanish program must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or be in the last semester of college. Prospective students should submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and any prior graduate work showing a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. To enter the program, students must have completed at least 24 credits of foreign language coursework, with 18 credits in advanced study of Spanish with a 3.0 minimum grade point average for these courses.

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

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Global Approach to Education

St. John’s offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish-speaking cultures by studying abroad in Spain and Argentina. M.A. Spanish students benefit immensely from this global dimension to their education. For more information, visit


St. John’s offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish-speaking cultures by studying abroad in Spain and Argentina. Students in the M.A. program in Spanish may also benefit from internship opportunities in Spanish-speaking countries. For more information about study abroad, visit

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Additional Information

Spanish Honor Society
Eligible students may increase their academic and professional opportunities by joining the Epsilon Kappa chapter of the Sigma Delta Pi honor society, one of many national honor society chapters offered by St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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Success Story

Vice President of Gamma Kappa Alpha Italian Honor Society
It’s not everyday that you meet a 21 year old who has lived in three countries and fluently speaks four languages.