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Masters program

Option 1: MA without Thesis

Option 2: MA with Thesis

Admission Requirements for the M.A. Degree:

In order to be admitted to graduate work in Hispanic Studies, candidates must fulfill the following prerequisites:

a) Candidates must possess a B.A. degree with Honours or in certain cases Joint Honours in Hispanic Studies from McGill University, or an equivalent degree from another college or university of recognized standing.

b) Candidates who do not possess the above prerequisites may, with special permission, enter the Department as qualifying students for the purpose of completing these preliminary studies. They may have to take, among other courses, HISP 550, Comprehensive Examination.

Students may be required to attend an approved course in English or French if their knowledge of either language is deemed inadequate.

Option 1: MA without Thesis:

Requirements:
Semester 1:
Three graduate-level seminars
HISP 603: Hispanic Bibliography I
Semester 2: Three graduate-level seminars
HISP 604: Hispanic Bibliography II
Semester 3: One graduate-level seminar
HISP 615: Guided Research Project in Medieval and Golden Age Literature (including Colonial Spanish America)
Semester 4: One graduate level seminar:
HISP 616: Guided Research Project in Modern and Contemporary Spanish Literature OR
HISP 617: Guided Research Project in Modern and Contemporary Spanish-American Literature

All candidates pursuing the M.A. without thesis must complete the Guided Research Project in Medieval and Golden Age Literature (including Colonial Spanish America) (HISP 615).

Candidates choosing to focus their research on the literature of Spain will take the Guided Research Project in Modern and Contemporary Spanish Literature (HISP 616). Those wishing to specialize in the literature of Spanish America will take the Guided Research Project in Modern and Contemporary Spanish-American Literature (HISP 617).

At the conclusion of each Research Project, students will be required to produce an extended essay, or series of essays, during a 48 hour period with full access to critical material. Each of these essays will focus upon themes and issues central to the particular field of research and will be examined by at least two faculty members.

All candidates pursuing the M.A. without thesis are expected to complete their degree requirements within two academic years.

Option 2: MA with Thesis (currently, students are only admitted to the Thesis option in exceptional circumstances*):

Requirements: 48 credits in total
Semester 1: Three 3-credit graduate level seminars
HISP 695 (3 credits): Thesis Preparation I
Semester 2: Three 3-credit graduate level seminars
HISP 696 (3 credits): Thesis Preparation II
Semester 3 & 4: Three and Four 12 credits each semester of HISP 697: Thesis

Students pursuing the M.A. with thesis are expected to complete their degree requirements within four academic semesters. The student is required to take three courses in each of the first two semesters. During the first semester, via consultation with the graduate director, the student will identify a thesis advisor who will guide the student through the first-year courses, HISP 695, 696: Thesis Preparation.

At the end of the second semester, the student is required to present a thesis proposal to the advisor and the graduate director. Upon approval of this proposal, the student will continue to prepare the thesis during the third and fourth semesters of studies. In order to graduate at the June Convocation, a final draft of the project should be deposited, typically, by the preceding January. The thesis will be evaluated by both the advisor and an external reviewer.

Ideally, students admitted to this option will pursue their studies on a full-time basis. The combination of three courses and one Thesis Preparation course will permit these students the 12 credits per term average that is required for most scholarships.

* The Graduate Committee of the Department of Hispanic Studies reserves the right to determine which of the two options (thesis/non-thesis) students admitted to the M.A. will be permitted to pursue and/or continue to completion.