To be admitted to the graduate program in Spanish and the Graduate School-New Brunswick, applicants must meet the following criteria: have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, submit a completed application form, and present a minimum of three letters of recommendation. They also must submit supporting documentation, such as TOEFL scores, GRE scores, and/or a textual analysis. It is recommended that candidates have some life experience or study abroad in a Spanish- speaking environment.
Normally, students who seek entrance to the Spanish graduate programs have an undergraduate degree in Spanish. It is unusual, though not entirely impossible, for undergraduate majors of curricula other than Spanish to seek entrance. At times an individual without the conventional degree in Hispanic studies may seek admission to the graduate program. In such cases, the faculty may require that he or she take undergraduate or graduate courses on a nonmatriculated basis to make up for any deficiencies. The decision on admission is delayed until the student completes this remedial work. If the courses taken on a nonmatriculated basis were on the graduate level, and the student is subsequently accepted for admission to the program, those credits will count toward the graduate degree.
The Graduate School-New Brunswick must approve admission to the graduate program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Normally, the department requires its candidates to have maintained a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better during the junior and senior undergraduate years, and a grade-point average of 3.5 in the major field of study. GRE scores are required for admission to all programs except for the M.A.T. Foreign students also must submit TOEFL scores.