How long does it take to get a degree?

The MA takes four semesters. The PhD takes four years, on average, including Dissertation.

Here you have a Sample Calendar (for reference purposes only):

MA Program

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 Graduate Seminars (9 units)
[Teaching Methodology Course]
Graduate Seminars (9 units)
[Select MA Faculty Advisor]
Year 2 Graduate Seminars (9 units)
[Satisfy Language Requirement]
[Select MA Supervisory Committee]
Graduate Seminars (6 units)
[MA Comprehensive Exams]

PhD Program

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 Graduate Seminars (9 units) Graduate Seminars (9 units)
[Select PhD Faculty Advisor]
Year 2 Graduate Seminars (9 units)
Portuguese - SPAN 2350
[Form PhD Supervisory Committee]
Graduate Seminars (9 units)
[Satisfy Language Requirement]
Year 3 Dissertation Credits (8 units)
[PhD Comprehensive Exams]
[Select PhD Dissertation Committee]
[Submit Dissertation Proposal]
Dissertation Credits (8 units)
Year 4 Dissertation Credits (8 units) Dissertation Credits (6 units)
[Final Examination]