AdmissionThe department of Modern Languages & Cultures offers graduate work leading to the Master of Arts degree in Spanish. For admission to its graduate program, the department requires the following:
• Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
• At least 18 hours of course work in Spanish beyond the sophomore level or the equivalent
• GPA of 3.0 on Spanish courses taken as an undergraduate
• GRE General Test Score from within the past 5 years (Click here for the GRE Website)
• International students: Appropriate score on the TOEFL (Click here for the TOEFL Website)
Prospective students should complete an application to the Baylor Graduate School online at http://www.baylor.edu/graduate/index.php?id=97430. All applications must include three letters of recommendation, transcripts from all previously attended institutions at the college or university level and GRE scores. Applicants should plan on taking the GRE well in advance to assure that scores are reported in a timely manner. Only the general GRE exam is required, not the subject test in Spanish.
The deadline for applications is February 1. However, there are instances when a fall entering class is not filled in the first round of applications, so do inquire as to whether applications are still being accepted throughout the spring and summer. New students are not normally admitted for the spring semester.
The admissions process is relatively simple. Although many students are nervous about taking the GRE exam and wonder whether or not their scores may adversely affect their admission prospects, they may be able to allay their anxiety by taking practice tests and making use of the various help publications that have now become widely available. Students may also take comfort in knowing that standard deviations for scores on the GRE are quite large. The department considers them to be only one of the many factors that enter into decisions about applications. No one element of the materials included in a complete application is decisive. Each candidate will be evaluated on an individual basis, and additional designated courses may be required as prerequisites for graduate work.