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Departmental Requirements

Please Note: All application materials must be submitted online (This includes letters of recommendation)

Applications are considered once a year, for Fall term.


International Applicants:  February 15th

Domestic Applicants: May 15th


  1. Fill out all sections of the online application (program code is: 20fs0297)
  2. Submit payment of application fee online

Note:  Applicants must wait at least one week after finishing the online application and paying the fee, as the system will not allow uploading any earlier.  Documents may be uploaded as they become available to the applicant.

Departmental Requirements (ALL must be uploaded):

  1. One-page Curriculum Vitae (or Resume), including: complete name, address, phone  number and email address, educational history, degrees and academic honors. Include relevant professional experience, detailed GRE results (if you took the exam).
  2. Personal Statement A statement of 300 words is required in which applicants should address their reasons for applying to the Master of Arts in the Teaching of Spanish (in Spanish or English).
  3. Copies of your transcripts of all academic work completed for the B.A. You may upload student copies.
  4. Copy of your diploma (B.A.).  If B.A. has not been conferred and a copy cannot be  uploaded the applicant may obtain a letter from university’s Registrar’s Office verifying that degree was earned (to be uploaded by applicant) in lieu of copy of diploma for now.  Applicant will have ONE term to comply with official requirement.
  5. One sample research paper written in Spanish. Applicants are required to submit one sample of their written work in Spanish in the form of an essay for an academic course.
  6. Three letters of recommendation.  Recommenders will be sent a link where they will be able to submit a confidential letter of recommendation.

Note: For applicants who possess an Illinois teaching license: three required from professors or supervisors in a teaching position; at least one should be from a professor in an upper-level or graduate Spanish course. For applicants seeking Illinois teaching licensure: three required from professors; at least one should be from a professor in an upper-level or graduate Spanish course. Special cases will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you are admitted to the program, the department will process an admit online and the office of admissions will process an official, conditional admit. You will have one entire term (fall) to comply with the rule of submitting official documents to the office of admissions (items submitted, since they are uploaded, they are not considered to be official by admissions. The admit for the first term of admission is a “probationary admit” given in lieu of arrival and approval of official documents. The office of admissions considers “official” to be original documents, inside a sealed envelope, arriving by regular mail (not in person) directly from the university (country) where degree was conferred to their office.

You will have the entire Fall term to submit the following to the Office of Admissions (again mailed directly from institution to that office):

  • Final set of transcripts on which “degree conferred” is stated.
  • Diploma (Attested Copy)

Other Requirements:

Applicants for the Master of Arts in the Teaching of Spanish who possess an Illinois teaching license need a current Type 03, Type 09, Type 10, or Type 29 Illinois license to apply to the program.