FAQ applicants and prospective applicants

The Application Process

Applicants must provide us with one copiy of official transcripts from all institutions they have attended. Transcripts from US institutions must be sent by the institutions themselves to:

Graduate Admissions

University of Colorado Boulder
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553

For overnight or express mail send to:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine St Bldg RL3
Ste A122
Boulder, CO 80303-1058

(303) 492-6301

Transcripts from these institutions sent to by applicants will not be accepted.

Notarized copies of transcripts from foreign universities are accepted.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores are not mandatory for admission. However, applicants wishing to be considered for the competitive Devaney, CHA, or Chancellor's fellowships are strongly encouraged to take the GRE general test and submit their official scores. These fellowships are very prestigious, and they usually provide for a semester or a year of teaching release, which would enable you to devote yourself full  time to your seminars. The GRE is not mandatory for consideration for teaching assistantships.

All international students applying to our MA program whose native language is not English will need to score at least 550 (213 on the computerized exam) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in order to be admitted.

Students who have completed an MA in the US with two years of study in the US are exempted from this requirement.

All applicants are required to submit a 10-15 page writing sample written in Spanish. Please also include a one-page abstract written in English. The paper should focus on the applicant's area of interest and include pertinent bibliography.

A writing sample is an academic paper that ideally would allow the Graduate Committee to evaluate your potential as a graduate student. It should demonstrate your familiarity (or your potential to become familiar) with the protocols of academic writing and research, your command of Spanish, as well as your previous knowledge of the literature and cultures of Latin American or the Iberian Peninsula, or the field of Hispanic Linguistics (depending on your area of Specialization).

It is a short personal essay in which you should accomplish at least two things: (1) highlight any personal or professional traits / experience / education / goals that you think puts you apart from the general field of applicants (2) state your personal / professional / intellectual goals, and why do you think CU – Boulder would be the place in which you can accomplish them. The statement should not exceed 500 words.

You have to provide four letters of references. One of them (exceptionally, two) can be non-academic. Make sure at the time of requesting the letter that this non-academic reference highlights aspects of your personal or professional profile that are relevant to your future academic endeavors (such as professionalism, ability to meet deadlines, and so forth). However, academic references are a condition sine qua non for consideration to the program.

Applicants using the interactive application (Applying to CU Boulder) their recommenders submit their recommendation on-line.  Or if necessasry to:

Graduate Admissions

University of Colorado Boulder
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553

For overnight or express mail send to:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine St Bldg RL3
Ste A122
Boulder, CO 80303-1058

(303) 492-6301

Yes, if your major is somewhat related to Spanish (for example, History, some other literary field, Comparative Literature and so forth), and / or you can demonstrate academic potential and willingness to make up for whatever hiatus in your formation you may have. You will be competing with applicants that did major in Spanish, but your application will be considered seriously.  Students that did not major in Spanish should take particular care to ensure that the writing sample shows evidence of a developed literary sensibility.

Decisions are usually made by early February. You can contact us at any time to find out the status of your application at acgs@colorado.edu.

You can live on or off campus. CU provides information about both options at http://www.colorado.edu/prospective/graduate/studentlife/living.html