Hispanic Studies

Master of Arts (MA)

Meet Vivian Milliken, MA candidate in Hispanic Studies

“I came to visit the people in the Hispanic Studies program last year, and I thought the professors and other students all seemed very focused and motivated – I wanted to be a part of a group like that.”

Where’s your favourite place on campus to work?
I love working in the UCC. I need that kind of background noise to do my readings and there is always coffee.

What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
I’d definitely say it’s the things which aren’t advertised. The reading groups I joined for example have been very helpful, but I also think it’s the social dynamic present in the department. Everyone is very focused on what they’re doing, but at the same time they are willing to help new graduate students like me develop and improve their work.

What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
I’d tell them to come for a visit. It definitely helped me picture myself here better and I think it was a good way for me to distinguish myself as an applicant. It’s like applying to any job, a face to face experience can show them a lot more of what you have to offer than just an application.

Have you worked as a Teaching Assistant?
Yes, I have worked as a TA. In a lot of my courses I do a lot of reading about second language acquisition, and its very interesting to see the theory of what I’m learning put into practice and I think those experiences complement each other.

What are you most passionate about?
I am really passionate about my studies. I wouldn’t still be a student if I didn’t love what I’m learning.

What one thing would you like people to know about you?
As much as I love what I study now, my first experience with Spanish was when my dad took a sabbatical in Spain. I got thrown into school and told to basically survive and I hated every minute of it. Now I can’t imagine my life without that experience.

Program Websites

Program Contact

Sylvia Kontra (skontra@uwo.ca)
Graduate Affairs Assistant

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Western University
University College 2210
London, Ontario N6A 3K7

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 85846
f. 519-661-4093

Welcome to the Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies at Western!

Please note that for the academic year beginning Fall 2020, the Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies will not be accepting students in the PhD Linguistics Stream.

A Master's degree in Hispanic Studies delivers a world-class, interdisciplinary academic experience. But it's more than just a program - it's a rich experience filled with language, culture, extra-curricular activities, research, teaching, and community engagement so you graduate with the skills you need to find a rewarding career in a multicultural world.

This program distinguishes itself from others because of our innovative approaches to Hispanic Studies. In our Literature and Culture programs we focus on connections in time, geography and medium. Our strengths lie in Transatlantic studies, Visual arts, text and music, Digital Humanities and their place in Hispanic Culture. The Linguistic stream focuses on an experimental approach to language acquisition, language loss, heritage speakers and language change due to contact.

Among other opportunities offered in our programs, students may be able to participate in the ground breaking research that takes place in the CulturePlex, the Digital Humanities lab which is unique in Canada.

Program Length

  • 3 Terms

Program Design

  • Full-time study
  • Project-based

Funding Information

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships (if eligible):

Admission Requirements

  • Honours B.A. degree.
  • A minimum of 78% overall average in the last two full-time years of the undergraduate degree.
  • Sample of previous academic work (written work, ie: previous essay).
  • CV
  • Statement of Interest (Letter of Intent). This statement is typically between 300-1000 words. The letter should address your specific area of academic interest (the research topic you want to work on and with whom), how your past education and other experiences have prepared you to be successful in our graduate program, what you hope to achieve in our graduate program, and why our program is the best place for you to pursue your interests.

English Language Proficiency

*Exit Requirement: Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline

  • February 1 - Acceptance notification at the beginning of March