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Master's Applicants

The MA program offers students the opportunity to specialize in French or Spanish literature, Spanish Linguistics or a combination of these fields. This is a terminal degree for students who do not plan to complete the PhD, and is ideal for students planning a career in business, government, healthcare, tourism, architecture, history, education, etc. Applicants seeking an academic career in higher/postsecondary education who desire a teaching assistantship and scholarship support should apply for the PhD, even if they do not already hold an MA.

Students who wish to pursue an MA in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures must submit an online application via the GrAdMIT system: 

Application Deadlines

The department accepts applications for both fall and spring semesters. Priority consideration will be given to those who apply by December 15 for the following academic year. 

Application Instructions

In addition to completing the GrAdMIT form, applicants must gather and submit the following materials. All documents must be attached to your online application.

  • Three letters of recommendation. As part of the GrAdMIT application, you will be asked to identify three individuals who will submit letters on your behalf. Once an application is submitted for final review, these individuals will receive an automated email requesting that they upload their recommendation letter.
  • Transcript(s) from every institution you have previously attended, to include all undergraduate or graduate coursework.
  • Personal statement of two-three double-spaced pages that explains 1) Your background; 2) Your educational and career aims; and 3) Your reasons for applying to this department. 
  • Writing sample of 5-10 pages in the language of study (e.g. term paper or other essay)
  • Resume/CV

Application Fees

The graduate application fee is $75 U.S. (payable online via ePay or by check or money order made payable to the University at Buffalo). After you formally submit your application, you will receive an email with additional instructions for submitting your payment. Currently, UB accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

Applicants to either master's tracks who reside in New York State are eligible to apply for an application fee waiver courtesy of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office, provided they have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and meet the admissions deadlines.

PhD Applicants

Students in the doctoral program acquire competence in theoretical approaches and methodologies that inform their own research, and obtain familiarity with a diversity of critical approaches that allow them to engage meaningfully with the scholarship of colleagues in neighboring disciplines.

Students who wish to pursue a PhD degree in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures must submit an online application via the GrAdMIT system: 

Application Deadlines

The department accepts applications for both fall and spring semesters. Priority consideration, including consideration for enhanced teaching assistantships, will be given to those who apply by December 15 for the following academic year. 

Application Instructions

In addition to completing the GrAdMIT form, applicants must gather and submit the following materials. All documents must be attached to your online application, with the exception of your official GRE score sheet, which you must request from ETS:

  • Three letters of recommendation. As part of the GrAdMIT application, you will be asked to identify three individuals who will submit letters on your behalf. Once an application is submitted for final review, these individuals will receive an automated email requesting that they upload their recommendation letter.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from every institution you have previously attended, to include all undergraduate or graduate coursework. Official transcripts will be required only after acceptance. 
  • Personal statement of two-three double-spaced pages that explains 1) Your background; 2) Your educational and career aims; and 3) Your reasons for applying to this department. 
  • Two writing samples, one in the language of study, the other in English (e.g. term papers, published articles or conference papers). Each writing sample should be a minimum of 3,000 words in length.
  • Official GRE score report, taken in the last five years. GRE scores should be submitted to the department via ETS.org. (Not the GrAdMIT application.) The institution code is 2925. The department codes are 2603 (French) and 2608 (Spanish). With departmental permission, GRE scores may be forwarded after submission of the online application.
  • Resume/CV

Application Fees

The graduate application fee is $75 U.S. (payable online via ePay or by check or money order made payable to the University at Buffalo). After you formally submit your application, you will receive an email with additional instructions for submitting your payment. Currently, UB accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

International Graduate Applicants

International applicants to the MA or PhD should first review all UB requirements for International Student Admission. After completing the RLL GrAdMIT application, international applicants must also submit:

  • An online International Student Graduate Financial Form, as well as certified bank statements proving the information submitted on the financial form.
  • Official PTE Academic or TOEFL scores (taken in the last two years). 

Please note: Applicants whose native language is not English must establish proficiency by means of the TOEFL examination. For international students who are already in the U.S. to complete a degree program, TOEFL is automatically waived.

The minimum scores required for each of the forms of the exam are 1) 555 for the paper based test (TOEFL PBT); 2) 213 for the computer based test (TOEFL CBT); and 3) 79 for the Internet based test (TOEFL IBT).

TOEFL scores should be submitted to the department via ETS.org. (Not the GrAdMIT application.) The institution code is 2925

Contact

With questions about the graduate application process, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies. 

Margarita Vargas

903 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0859

mvargas@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences

903 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0859

mvargas@buffalo.edu