Admission and Application Procedures
In order to receive full consideration for financial aid, applications should be received from October 1st, 2021 to January 15th, 2022.
Admission to the graduate programs in Spanish is a competitive process based on a comparative evaluation of all applications received. In order to be considered for admission, applicants should meet the minimum requirements described below. Because the process is competitive, fulfilling the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission to the program. Initial review of graduate applications begins in the by the end of January and continues on an on-going basis thereafter as completed applications are received. In order to receive full consideration for financial aid, applications should be received by January 15th for the following academic year. The M.F.A. program in Spanish Creative Writing only considers applications for fall semesters.
Minimum requirements: Applicants to the Master of Arts program must have completed the equivalent of an undergraduate Spanish major with at least a 3.00 grade point average in courses for the major. An undergraduate within no more than four semester hours (s.h.) of graduation may be admitted to the Graduate School provided all undergraduate requirements are completed during the first semester of graduate studies. Applicants to the Master of Fine Arts program must have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, with at least a 3.50 grade point average.
English Proficiency Requirements for Admission to the Graduate College: The graduate programs in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese are administered by the University of Iowa Graduate College. For international students whose native language is other than English, admission to the college requires demonstrating a certain level of proficiency in English. The Graduate College accepts scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), in the paper-based, computer-based or Internet-based version, or scores from the International English Language Testing Service exam (IELTS).
However, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese accepts only the results of the Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) for the purpose of determining an admitted student’s eligibility for a teaching or research assistantship. An overall IBT score of 100 or higher, with a minimum score of 26 on the speaking component, is required before an offer of financial aid can be made.
See http://grad.admissions.uiowa.edu/international/english-proficiency-requirements for more information.
The application procedure for the M.F.A. program requires the submission of the next requirements:
- The University of Iowa Graduate College application form.
- Three letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with the student's record, or, for applicants to the M.F.A., letters from writers familiar with the student’s writing.
- A one- to two-page clearly articulated statement of purpose.
- Official transcripts from all universities and/or colleges attended.
- Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS. For the TOEFL, we require an overall IBT score of 100 or higher, with a minimum score of 26 on the speaking component, is required before an offer of financial aid can be made. The University’s TOEFL school code is 6681. For the IELTS, we require an overall score of 7 with no subscore less than 6.
- Sample of creative work in Spanish of at least 30 (but no more than 50) pages of prose fiction or theater or 20 pages of poetry that demonstrate excellent creative potential and native-like proficiency in Spanish.
- The Graduate Record Examination (GRE - optional, but highly encouraged).
To start the process click on UI Admissions. You will be prompted to upload the documents you provide (statement of purpose, writing samples) as .pdf files.
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