Hispanic Studies Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Villanova University

Hispanic Studies Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Villanova University

Villanova, PA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
March 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Graduate Study in the Augustinian Tradition

Founded in 1842, Villanova University is the oldest and largest Roman Catholic university in Pennsylvania. It traces its roots to St. Augustine's Church in Philadelphia, which was founded in 1796.

In keeping with the university's Augustinian tradition, Villanova's Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies program allows students to gain a critical and theoretical foundation in literary and cultural studies and linguistics while studying in a Christian intellectual and moral environment.

Top-Ranked Graduate Programs

For more than 2 decades, Villanova has held the top ranking by "U.S. News and World Report" for the "Best Universities -- Master's category" in the northern region. The university has several nationally renowned academic programs that meet the needs of contemporary culture, the Church, and students, including its Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies program.

The Master's in Hispanic Studies Program

Villanova University's master's in Hispanic studies program focuses on teaching literature, linguistics, cultural studies, and interdisciplinary and comparative literature in an open, rational, and mutually respectful environment in which all points of view are expressed and expounded.

It is designed for graduate students intending to teach in higher education or at the secondary level. Graduate students with an M.A. in Hispanic Studies from Villanova are consistently accepted to some of the most renowned doctoral programs in the United States. Additionally, educators who have completed the program are trained to teach AP literature courses in foreign languages and have utilized the graduate degree as a means to career advancement in secondary education.

Applicants to the program are required to have at least 30 undergraduate credits in Spanish language and literature. All applicants should have at least a 3.0 grade point average or an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.

Graduate Hispanic Studies Coursework

The master's in Hispanic studies program consists of 30 hours of coursework, which may be completed by full-time students in 2 years.

The program consists of many diverse and challenging courses designed to familiarize students with the literature and cultures of Spain and Latin America. The courses include Poetics in Early Modern Spain, Literary and Cultural Theories, Spanish Applied Linguistics, and Women Voices in Latin America. Although some courses are required, others may be selected by students based on their academic needs and interests.

Certificates of Advanced Study in Hispanic Studies

Villanova's graduate Hispanic studies curriculum offers a pre-master's certificate program that allows individuals to take graduate courses without enrolling in a full-time master's program. This program is particularly beneficial to secondary and middle school Spanish teachers.

Students are required to complete 6 courses within the Department of Hispanic Studies in order to receive a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study. Students may tailor the coursework to meet their personal interests and academic needs.

Post-master's certificates are also available for students who have already earned a master's degree in Spanish, Latin American studies, or related fields, and for those who want to pursue specialized courses toward a post-master's education.

Graduate Faculty at Villanova

Villanova's graduate faculty is dedicated to excellence. The university's professors have published numerous books and articles and have presented papers at conferences throughout the United States and around the world.

In addition, the small class sizes at Villanova allow students to interact personally with these distinguished and nationally recognized faculty members.

Students from around the World Study at Villanova

Villanova's graduate Hispanic studies program is composed of students from around the world. The diverse group of students, consisting of individuals from Argentina, Bulgaria, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, and different regions of the United States, brings unique perspectives of Hispanic cultures to the classroom.

Because of Villanova's small class size, students of different cultures are able to interrelate to gain a better understanding of many diverse Hispanic cultures worldwide.

Resources for Graduate Students

Villanova is proud to offer numerous resources to help graduate students excel academically.

The Villanova Writing Center provides personal writing assistance to graduate students who want to improve their writing skills. Tutors are available to help graduate students hone and sharpen their writing skills to produce high-level writing pieces.

Villanova also offers graduate students academic counseling, which involves one-on-one sessions with a counselor to determine areas that may need improvement. In addition, the school offers students the chance to participate in workshops on time management, study skills, managing stress, and self-management to help graduate students better handle the demands of master's coursework in addition to the pressures of daily life.

Career resources, including career fairs, workshops, and tips and guidelines on career planning, are available for all graduate students at Villanova. Career counselors are also available to meet with students one-on-one to offer support on career planning and employment opportunities.

Graduate Life at Villanova University

Graduate students who are new to the Villanova community may contact the Graduate Student Council, a student-run organization that helps new graduate students acclimate to life at Villanova and introduces them to the university's many social and academic offerings for graduate students.

In addition, Villanova's Division of Student Life provides services, activities, and programs to help students develop on intellectual, spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and physical levels.

Convenient Location on the Outskirts of Philadelphia

Villanova University, located 12 miles from the heart of Philadelphia, sits on 254 acres of serene and tranquil grounds. Two train stations on campus access the City of Brotherly Love -- as Philadelphia is often known -- and all that it has to offer, including museums, libraries, historic architecture, performing arts, restaurants, sporting events, and concerts.

Location & Contact

Hispanic Studies

Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Villanova University

800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1699
United States

Dr. Adriano Duque


Phone: 610-519-7478

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Hispanic Studies Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 6
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


100% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 9
    • Accepted 9
    • Acceptance Rate 100
    • Enrolled 4
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 1st May 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 15th October 15th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesminimum GPA of 3.0, writing sample in Spanish
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableScholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students15
    • Female Percentage60%
    • Male Percentage40%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students15
    • Part-time Percentage13%
    • Full-time Percentage87%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino44%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian56%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty3
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female Percentage33%
    • Male Percentage67%