Degree Programs

NMSU’s distance education degree programs are designed to serve students who may not be able to pursue an education through traditional means. NMSU offers Bachelor degree completion programs, Masters and Doctorate programs, and a number of Graduate Certificate and K-12 NM educator licensure and endorsement programs.

Please contact the listed distance education director for your degree program.


Master of Arts in Spanish

College: Arts and Sciences

Program Category: Online

Description: The On-line Master's Program in Spanish is designed for students interested in pursuing a Master's degree in Spanish that may not be able to do so in an on-campus environment due to jobs and/or distance (in other parts of the US or Internationally). It is particularly suited for those that have a Bachelor's degree in Spanish or other language professionals.

Students study for their MA in Spanish focusing on one of two main areas of interest:Linguistics or Literature.

Under Linguistics, course offerings include: Introduction to Linguistics, History of the Spanish Language, Research Methods, Language Teaching Methods, Phonetics and Phonology, Technical Translation and more.

Under Literature, course offerings include: Latin American Literature, Poetry, US Hispanic Literature, Women Writers, Mexican Literature, Literary Translation, and more.

Delivery method: Delivered completely on-line through Canvas. All courses in the On-line Master's in Spanish are taught in a wholly on-line environment utilizing a variety of interactive techniques provided exclusively through the use of technology. No in-person meetings are provided and students are responsible for ensuring they have regular, reliable access to the internet to receive course materials and complete assignments. All courses are taught entirely in Spanish and students are expected to complete all assignments in Spanish. Nonetheless, some courses may require knowledge of English for the purpose of reading texts and reference materials.

Requirements: The degree requires 36 semester hours of credit for courses at the graduate level. Up to 9 hours of those 36 credits may be taken in one separate concentrated area. Additionally, candidates for the Master's in Spanish must demonstrate proficiency in a third language (other than English or Spanish) prior to graduation. Finally, all students are required to pass both a written and oral exam based on the Master's in Spanish reading list from their chosen area of interest.

Costs: Current main campus tuition and fees plus a $35 per credit hour distance education fee. See the University Accounts Receivable Tuitions and Fees for the current rate.

Prerequisites: Admission requirements include the BA in Spanish or related area. An undergraduate upper division Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above and at least 12 semester hours of upper division undergraduate courses in Spanish with a GPA of at least 3.0 are required. Please note that being a native speaker of Spanish is not, by itself, a qualification for admission to the Master's program; we seek candidates that have an established record of experience and/or formal training in the areas of Literature or Linguistics.

For foreign students, there is no requirement of English for admission to the program; however, the TOEFL is required prior to completion of the Master's in Spanish degree. Because some course reading materials are in English, we recommend that students have a fluent reading knowledge of English. Prior to graduation, students must meet the Graduate School's minimum TOEFL requirements. Students may be conditionally admitted to the program until specified conditions are satisfactorily met.

To apply: In order to apply to the On-line MA Program in Spanish, prospective students must complete two separate application procedures:


Complete and send the application for admission form, which may be obtained by writing:

The Graduate School, Box 3G
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, N.M. 88003-0001

OR by downloading the forms or by applying on-line at the Graduate School.


Please visit the following website and follow the instructions given:

Note that, as part of this admissions application process, you must send original official transcripts and diplomas of all prior college-level course work and a certified translation of the transcripts into English, if the original is in another language.

STEP 2 The second application for admission must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies (Spanish) of the Department of Languages & Linguistics. This application must include the following items:

  • a current resume (Curriculum vitae) detailing academic and employment history
  • three recent letters of recommendation from qualified professionals who can attest to your academic skills and abilities
  • a writing sample in Spanish of at least six pages in length (either analytical or creative texts are acceptable)
  • a language evaluation form to be completed by a university professor: Download the form from our website.
  • an introductory letter providing:
    • a brief biography of one or two paragraphs that includes your academic goals and objectives
    • your prospective area of interest for study in the Master's in Spanish (Linguistics or Literature)


The Graduate Committee will only consider complete applications for the On-line MA in Spanish under the following deadlines. September 15 for the admission for the following spring semester (which begins in January), and January 15 for admission for the following fall semester (which begins in August).In all cases, we recommend students read carefully the section for the MA in Spanish degree program in the most recent edition of the Graduate School Catalog in order to familiarize themselves with complete all expectations and requirements. Please see the University Academic Calendar.

Students wishing to enroll in courses prior to formal admission to the Master's in Spanish may take up to six credits (two courses)in the On-line MA in Spanish program as a non-degree student. Students wishing to follow this non-degree option for admission must complete an application to the Graduate School (Step 1A or 1B in the previously mentioned process) and forward a copy of that application to the Graduate Director in the Department of Languages and Linguistics prior to enrolling in any courses. A student wishing to continue in the On-line MA in Spanish must formally request admission to the program by completing STEP 2 of the previously mentioned process and forward all information to the Graduate Director of the Department of Languages and Linguistics. The Graduate Committee will then review the completed application and advise the student as to his/her formal acceptance into the program. The six credits taken prior to official admission to the program can be counted as part of the student's required 36 credit hours toward the degree.

Students accepted into the On-line MA in Spanish program are not eligible for Teaching Assistantships in the Department of Languages and Linguistics as these are reserved for students in the On-campus MA in Spanish program.

Accreditation: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
HLC website
HLC phone: 800-621-7440

Specialized Accreditation:

More info: Department of Languages and Linguistics

Disabilities: If you have a disability that may affect your performance in a course, or if you require accommodations in order to take a distance education course, contact NMSU's Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Providing accommodations for distance education students sometimes requires more time than in a traditional classroom setting so students are encouraged to begin working with SAS as early as possible.

Updated: 2016-08-23