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Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers M.A. and Ph.D. programs. Our M.A. is geared towards recent graduates and professionals seeking to further their knowledge of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world. Our Ph.D. is aimed at students looking to become higher-education teachers and scholars; it has four tracks, offering the opportunity to specialize in:

  • Hispanic Linguistics.
  • Iberian Literatures and Cultures.
  • Latin American and Latina/o Literatures and Cultures.
  • Lusophone Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics.

Students can take courses in other departments, typically within the School of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Along with their M.A. or Ph.D. degree, students may obtain interdisciplinary graduate certificates that are offered in conjunction with other programs and departments at UMass. These certificates include Film Studies, Latin-American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, Advanced Feminist Studies, Cognitive Science, among others.

Last, UMass belongs to a university consortium known as the Five Colleges, which also includes Smith College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Amherst College. Our graduate students often take courses in the Five Colleges and enjoy the mentoring of their faculty.