Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Peter N. Thomas
The bachelor’s/master’s degree program in Spanish is designed to provide a student means to complete the requirements for both degrees in a period of five years. The key feature of the program is that a student can count up to 12 hours of graduate-level courses in order to fulfill requirements for the B.A. and use those same 12 credits toward the M.A. in Spanish.
This program is designed for students currently in the B.A. in Spanish program at UNCW who have:
- Completed a minimum of seventy-five (75) and a maximum of ninety-eight (98) credit hours in their undergraduate program leading toward a major in Spanish, including credits earned from advanced placement if they start at UNCW or are transfer students and have completed a minimum of two semesters as a full-time student at UNCW, a minimum of 24 hours.
- Completed a minimum of fifteen (15) hours of 300-400 level Spanish courses at the time of application. These 15 hours must include at least one course from each of the following pairs: SPN 307 or SPN 308 ; SPN 311 or SPN 312 ; SPN 321 or SPN 322 ; and one of the following 400-level courses: SPN 411 , SPN 412 , SPN 421 , SPN 422 , SPN 485 , SPN 495 or SPN 496 .
- A minimum accumulated grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 and minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 on all 300-400 level Spanish courses at UNCW.
Students who meet the above criteria may request permission from the department chair to apply up to 12 hours of graduate-level credit earned during their senior year towards their future master’s degree in Spanish. Departmental permission to apply to the bachelor’s/master’s degree program does not guarantee admission to the Graduate School. Admission to the Graduate School is contingent upon meeting eligibility requirements at the time of entering the graduate program.
Students accepted into the combined program:
- Must submit the standard application for admission to the Graduate School during the first semester of their senior year including: an application form for Graduate School, application fee, transcripts, letters of recommendation and writing samples. Two voice samples, one in English and one in Spanish, must be submitted separately to the graduate coordinator who will organize the review of the application.
- Must submit a Graduate Degree Plan during the second semester of their senior year, signed by the prospective student, the department chair, and the graduate coordinator.
The Graduate Degree Plan for the master’s degree must clearly indicate:
- The specific 500-level SPN courses (maximum of 12 graduate credit hours) that will be double-counted for both bachelor’s and master’s degrees;
- Additional graduate courses that will be taken during the senior year but not counted toward the bachelor’s degree;
- The student’s intention to fulfill course requirements for the master’s degree no later than a year after receiving the bachelor’s degree; and
- The intended graduation date for the master’s degree.
Upon the Graduate School’s review of the submitted materials, a letter of acceptance (or denial) to the master’s program will be sent to the student and copied to the department chair and the graduate coordinator. Acceptance will be provisional and contingent on meeting specified degree requirements; including completion of the bachelor’s degree.
A student who is ineligible to participate or continue in, or withdraws from the bachelor’s/master’s program cannot double count any courses for both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. For more details see the department chair or the graduate coordinator.