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Students are required to meet the admission requirements of both the USF Graduate School ( and the Master of Arts in Spanish Program. Applications are competitive and judged in their entirety. The Spanish Section evaluates which candidates are a better fit for the program by considering the strength of the credentials (transcripts, letters), the student’s previous experience, proficiency in Spanish and English, statement of purpose, and overall qualifications. Admission rate is approximately 50%. Admission into the program does not necessarily entail a Teaching Assistantship, which are competitive and subject to availability and funding. Requirements for admission into the Master of Arts in Spanish are:                                  

  • Application for admission to USF (
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university in the United States showing a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • A statement of purpose of three (3) pages in length, written in Spanish.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation sent or e-mailed directly to the Graduate Program Director.
  • An oral interview in Spanish and English (either in person, over the phone, or via Skype).

International students: International students who do not have a BA from the United States must show proof of a comparable degree from an international university. In order to be considered official, all transcripts submitted must be translated / certified by an approved agency.  ( Please have your transcripts and translations sent to: University of South Florida. Office of Admissions. 4202 East Fowler Avenue. SVC 1036. Tampa, FL 33620.

International students: International students, or those students who do not have BA from an institution in the United States, must take the TOEFL ( and score at least 79 (internet-based test), 213 (computer-based test), or 550 (paper-based test). Those students who wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship must also show a score of at least 26 in the speaking portion of the exam. Students who score 20-25 in the speaking portion may also be considered provided they take an additional course. For the TOEFL, please use  code 5828 for the University of South Florida.

Program Application Deadlines:

  • Summer:          February 15th
  • Fall:                February 15th
  • Spring:            October 15th

For questions or further information contact:

Dr. David Arbesú
Graduate Program Director
Dept. of World Languages - Cooper 446
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620