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1) A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 grading scale) in the student’s undergraduate major, documented by an official transcript. Applicants are expected to have a B.A. in Spanish, but admission is also considered for those who otherwise demonstrate the competency necessary for successful graduate work in Spanish. Students must have knowledge of Spanish phonetics, linguistics, and literary genres and periods. Students with deficiencies may be admitted on a conditional basis until they complete the relevant undergraduate courses in these areas.

2) Proficiency in the Spanish language; there are two options.

a. EXAM. Students may take the Diploma in Spanish (DELE) issued by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. The official exam determining this proficiency is offered once a year at IUPUI. Students must attain a passing score at the Nivel Intermedio (B2).


b. a tape including applicant’s oral sample of 10-15 minutes of spontaneous speech in Spanish AND an essay in Spanish on some aspect of Spanish culture, literature, linguistics, or pedagogy. The essay may be in the form of a paper written for a course

3) Three letters of recommendation. At least 2 of these should be from professors.

4) For INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS, the university requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper version, 213 on the computer-based test. Send scores to Institution Code 1325, Dept. Code 2608. Students who do not achieve this score may be admitted to the university conditionally and may be required to take English as a Second Language courses through the Department of English. While taking these courses they will be allowed to register for a maximum of six credit hours in the MAT in Spanish. If admitted, International students will also be required to take IUPUI’s ESL Placement test before registering for the first semester.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not require the GRE for admission to the M.A.T. in Spanish program. (But see Financial Assistance, section 6 below).

5) Online application
Please access the online portion of the application from this link:

This segment requires basic information such as your name, address, program of study, residency status, etc. Please pay careful attention to the PERSONAL STATEMENT, in which you explain your reasons for pursuing the MAT in the Teaching of Spanish. The statement should be written in English. The application fee, to be submitted by credit card, will be collected at the end of the online application.

Please note: Under Educational Objectives you must choose "Masters" as your Type of Admission, "Spanish (IU Graduate School)" as your Academic Program, and "Spanish MAT" as your Major. Please also note that if you have already submitted an online application for Graduate Non-Degree Status or for another graduate program, you must still complete a new online application for this program and submitting an additional application fee.

Teacher Certification

Students seeking certification for teaching Spanish in public elementary and secondary school must complete additional courses as required by the School of Education. For the most current requirements for certification, please check the State Department of Education website, or call them at (317) 232-9010. 
A combined, inter-school MAT in Spanish Transition to Teaching option can also be pursued toward teaching certification.

MAT in Spanish Student Guide

"MAT Student Guide"

Indiana University Guide to the Preparation of Theses and Dissertations

"Thesis Guidelines"

Financial Assistance

How much does it cost?

For Indiana residents, the 2011-12 graduate tuition is $303.00 per credit hour for Indiana residents, for non-residents, it is $912.10.
The cost of the 2 summer programs in Spain is calculated separately. The Department of World Languages & Cultures has a limited number of Teaching and Research Assistantships available on a competitive basis.

Various sources of financial assistance are available to graduate students at IUPUI. Applicants should contact the Office of Scholarships by emailing to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by calling (317) 274-5516 for information. For other forms of financial aid, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services located in the Campus Center in CE 250.

IMPORTANT: If you wish to be considered for certain University-wide funding sources and scholarships, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is required. Send scores to Institution Code R1325, Dept. Code 2608. Applicants are encouraged to take the examination by December of the year before admission. When communicating with the MAT Program, if you have taken the GRE exam, please indicate your GRE test date.

Application Instructions

Applications are welcome at any time, but for full consideration for admission in the fall semester, applications must be received by 15 April. To be considered for University Fellowships or Departmental Assistantships, applications must be received no later than 1 February. International applicants are encouraged to apply earlier as the applications will need to be processed through the Office of International Affairs.

a. Complete the online application and Statement of Purpose. Letters of Recommendation may be submitted online or in paper format. Letters in paper format should be submitted to the student in sealed envelopes, signed across the seal, and included in the packet of application materials. Application to the Graduate School may be done online by accessing the Graduate School website at:

Online applications are strongly encouraged.

b. Send all supporting materials (oral sample, academic paper, official transcripts, letters of recommendation) IN ONE PACKAGE to:

Graduate M.A.T. in Spanish
Department of World Languages & Cultures, IUPUI
Cavanaugh Hall 545
425 North University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140
(317) 278-3658
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