Graduate Studies General Information


Degree Programs

The Department offers an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Portuguese. The Master's degree programs require approximately two years of work; the doctoral program requires three to four years of additional work, that is, beyond the M.A., or equivalent degree. Within the Spanish program there are two basic specializations, one in Iberian and/or Latin American Cultural and Literary Studies, and the other in Hispanic Linguistics. Specific requirements of each of these specializations and of the M.A./Ph.D. in Portuguese are described under the appropriate links. It should be noted that our faculty encourages study in other disciplines, and students frequently take courses outside the Department.


Classes at the graduate level in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese tend to be small, with the average size being eight to twelve students. The format assumed by the classes varies according to the nature of the particular course, but in all classes there is considerable opportunity for discussion. Interaction between faculty members and students tends to be informal, both in the classroom and outside.


All students are assigned a temporary advisor when they first enter the program, and a permanent advisor after they have been enrolled in the Department for a semester or two. It is the job of the permanent advisors to guide students through their studies, and to assist them in their preparation for the examinations that they will take at the end of their program. In the case of doctoral level students, the permanent advisor in most instances serves as the director of the dissertation as well.

Research Opportunities

The Ohio State University campus is one of the most extensive in the country, and provides many facilities for cultural and academic activities, in addition to outstanding opportunities for research. The University Library ranks among the top fifteen university libraries in the nation, and is comprised of a number of specialized, satellite libraries, in addition to the main library. The Hispanic collection is strong in all areas, with many specialized holdings, rare books, and manuscripts. There is an Iberian and Latin American Studies Reading Room, and a strong collection in general and Romance linguistics. The library is equipped with a comprehensive computer-based circulation and catalog system, and offers all advanced bibliographical tools essential for research, including the OhioLINK system that unifies all research libraries in Ohio.

Funding for Study and Research Abroad

Graduate students in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese have opportunities to live, work, and do research abroad through participation in various international programs. Through the auspices of The Ohio State    Office of International Affairs, investigation and study opportunities are available at universities in Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil and Portugal, as well as in several other countries. Below are links that you can use to get more information on funding for research and study abroad.


It may be of interest to you to know, finally, that Columbus, the home of The Ohio State University, is now the largest city in Ohio, the metropolitan area population having grown to some 1,500,000 inhabitants in recent years. In addition to its several major league sports teams, the city offers many entertainment and cultural attractions, including excellent theater and dance, a lively arts scene, and music performances that range from classical to jazz, folk to hip-hop, and pop to rock. Among the many galleries and museums found in Columbus is the Columbus Museum of Art, the award-winning Center of Science and Industry, the Ohio History Center, and Ohio State University's own Wexner Center for the Arts, renowned for its exhibitions of contemporary art and for its sponsorship of performances of all kinds.