Master’s Program

Gain broad knowledge of Hispanic (Spanish) Studies in our Master of Arts (MA) degree program at UBC Vancouver.


Degree Requirements

The MA program provides for two options. The minimum credit requirement for either option is 30.

Option 1: Course-based MA

  • This option requires 30 credits of coursework, up to 3 of which may be drawn from 400-level undergraduate courses given in Spanish.

Option 2: MA with Thesis

  • This option requires 24 credits of coursework numbered 500 and above given in Spanish.
  • Spanish 549 (6) a Master’s Thesis written in Spanish, English or French. The length of the MA thesis should be approximately 80 pages including the bibliography.
  • A one-and-a-half hour oral thesis defence normally conducted in the target language.

When the language skills of a graduate student do not meet the expected standards of the Department during the first year of the program, this student, at the discretion of the Graduate Advisor, will have to take the appropriate undergraduate course(s) and obtain a minimum mark of 80%, in addition to the program’s course requirements.


Courses for 2021-2022

SPAN 504: Cine y fotografía documental en la España contemporánea
(Dr. Anna Casas)

SPAN 505: Barroco y neobarroco en el mundo hispánico: los casos de España y Cuba
(Dr. Raúl Álvarez-Moreno)

SPAN 520: Women Breaking/Bridging Borders: Intercultural Performance in Transatlantic Literature
(Dr. Elizabeth Lagresa)

SPAN 590: Narconarrativas de América Latina
(Dr. Jon Beasley-Murray)


Program Overview

Students must form their supervisory committee by the end of the first year and submit the Supervisory Committee Approval Form for approval by the Graduate Advisor no later than March 31st (if your graduate program started in September) or July 31st (if your graduate program started in January).

The MA Thesis Proposal must be approved no later than the first month of the second year in the program (September, if your graduate program started in September; January, if your graduate program started in January).

Students must submit the thesis to their committee a minimum of four weeks prior to the Oral Defence. The thesis supervisor informs the Graduate Advisor when the committee has accepted the thesis and considers it ready to be defended. The Graduate Program Assistant organizes the Oral Defence.

The Oral Defence requires students defend their theses before they can graduate.

The final copy of the MA thesis after the oral defence should be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.

An Annual Progress Report must be submitted by March 1st for every year that the student is enrolled in the program.


Time for Completion of Program

The maximum time permitted for the completion of a Master’s program is five years. In certain circumstances, it is possible to complete the MA in a twelve-month period. The maximum period of financial support for full-time study in the MA program is two years. The program is available to students on either a full-time or a part-time basis. There is no formal residence requirement.

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