Spanish, Master of Arts

St. John's College of Liberal Arts & 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. In addition to the coursework, the program features a series of lectures by prominent literary figures from Spain and Latin America and a scholarly journal, Annuario Medieval, that focuses on Spanish literature of the Middle Ages.  

The program offers both 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 three additional 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

Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian, Graduate Program Director
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

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Additional Information

Epsilon Kappa, St. John's University's Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, was established on April 17, 1964. The purpose of the honor society is to foment a wider knowledge of, and a greater love for the Hispanic contributions to modern culture, to provide a nucleus for Spanish language students' activities, and to reward those who show special attainments and interests. It is open to college students on the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Entre Rascacielos, the literary journal of Epsilon Kappa, is published twice a year and features student poetry and prose in Spanish.

Epsilon Kappa also conducts monthly “talleres literarios” (literary workshops) to foster literary discussion, creativity, and a love of Hispanic culture among the St. John’s community.

Applications to the Spanish Honor Society are available upon request from Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian, 718-990-5209 or

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