Graduate Admissions


The graduate program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is ranked nationally as one of the top graduate programs at public research universities, according to the National Research Council. We are a world class group with more than 20 faculty members, over 40 graduate students, and over 350 undergraduate majors. We are diverse in terms of research area and approach (literary/cultural studies, linguistics, Latina/o Studies), as well as national origin and language (Spanish Portuguese, Basque, Catalan, Quechua). Our research is supported by the University Library, one of the world's largest public university collection with over 14 million volumes.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese accepts applications for the following graduate programs:

Master of Arts in Spanish, Concentration in Literature and Culture

Master of Arts in Spanish, Concentration in Linguistics

Master of Arts in Portuguese, Concentration in Brazilian Studies

Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish, Literature and Culture

Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish, Linguistics (concentrations also available in Romance Linguistics and SLATE --Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education)

Choose IllinoisOur application portal is open for applications to begin graduate study in Fall 2021. The preferential deadline for recruiting fellowships is December 3, 2020 (applications will still be considered, including TAships, until February 3, 2021). Please note that we are not accepting applications to the MA in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies for academic year 2021-22 (the application process for academic year 2022-23 will resume in September 2021).

As an introduction to graduate study in the Department, please look at our Top 11 Reasons to Choose Illinois.

If you have not already done so, please take a moment to look over our most frequently asked questions, including application instructions.

Can't find what you need? Contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Javier Irigoyen-García at