M.A. Spanish: Curriculum

Program Content

Course Unit
Summer-term Core Courses (graduate-level) 24 units
Practicum / Internship   4 units
Academic Year Courses (electives)   2 units
Total 30 units


Unit Distributions

Course   Unit
Literature                              12 units
Linguistics     8 units
Pedagogy     4 units
Practicum/Internship     4 units
Electives (varies)     6 units

See the Course Description page for details. The Modern Languages Department will ensure that some of the upper-division Spanish courses offered in the SSU undergraduate program during the academic year begin after 4:00 p.m. to facilitate enrollment in electives by working professionals enrolled in the MA program.

Other Program Requirements

  • Effective communication skills in written English as demonstrated by fulfillment of the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). You should plan to complete this no later than the Fall of your second year in the program.
  • Advancement to candidacy via the GSO-1 form should be filed when the student enters the final phase of the program. This step is contingent upon completing the GWAR requirement.
  • A Comprehensive Exam must be completed at the end of the course of study. This exam is held in person a week after the end of the final Summer course, and is based on readings from all of your Summer core classes.
  • A Completion of Requirements Form, the GSO-2 form must be filed at the end of your program to certify that all requirements have been fulfilled. You can bring this filled-out and signed form to your Comprehensive Exam and it will be submitted for you.
  • Filing for Graduation: students are responsible for filing for graduation with the Records office in a timely manner. Late applications will not be accepted. The Graduate Studies Office forms site has the latest forms and deadlines.

General Graduate Studies Requirements at Sonoma State University

  • At least 21 semester units shall be completed in residence.
  • All courses applied to the program must be completed with an overall GPA of 3.00, and no course for which a final grade below C is assigned may be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • No more than 30 percent of coursework (10 units) shall be allowed in transfer.
  • No credit toward a Master's degree will be given for student teaching in a credential program.
  • At the discretion of the department, up to one-third of the total program units may be in a nontraditional grading mode (credit/no credit).
  • No classes completed as an undergraduate may be used except those granted provisional graduate credit prior to award of the baccalaureate degree.
  • Graduate programs must be completed in no more than 7 years, which is computed as 14 semesters.