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Apply to the Masters Program

The MA program in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers students the opportunity to specialize in French or Spanish literature, Spanish Linguistics, or a combination of these fields. The MA degree gives students a broad and balanced preparation in literary and cultural studies or linguistics, and will be beneficial whether you are planning a career in business, government,  healthcare, tourism, architecture, history, education, etc.  Students must complete a series of required and elective courses, demonstrate competency in a second language, and complete a Master’s Project. This is a terminal degree for students who do not plan to complete the Ph.D. Those whose ultimate goal is to obtain a Ph.D. should apply directly to the doctoral program.

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(Please note:  to be considered for a teaching assistantship, you must apply directly to a PhD program. Your application will be forwarded to the department when you have completed the online application.)


Applications are accepted for Fall and Spring semesters; however, for priority consideration please apply by January 15 for the following academic year.


In addition to the online admissions form, applicants must submit the following materials. All documents must be attached to your online application:

  • Three letters of recommendation.  Once you submit your application for final review, your professors 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.
  • A personal statement of two to three double-spaced pages that explains your background, educational and career aims, and reasons for applying to this department.
  • One writing sample (course paper or other essay), 5-10 pages in length, in the language of study.
  • Resume/CV
  • Application fee or completed waiver form (for New York State residents).
International Students:
Be sure to review all requirements for International Student Admission on the Graduate School “How to Apply” website.

International applicants must 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 (less than two years old) – Please contact ETS and request your official TOEFL score be sent to us using the following information:

(Applicants whose native language is not English must establish proficiency by means of the TOEFL examination. For international students who are  already  in the US 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 score reporting code:

  • Institution code: 2925


If you are a New York State resident, you may apply for an application fee waiver.  Otherwise, the application fee is $75,  paid online (see links to ePay for individual programs, below).  After you formally submit your UB application, you will receive an email with instructions on how to pay your program’s fee via ePay. Currently, UB accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

French MA ePay
French Non-Degree ePay
Spanish MA ePay

Spanish Non-Degree ePay