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How to Apply

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies considers your aptitude for study in Hispanic and Lusophone literatures, cultures, and linguistics at the doctoral level.

Our program is designed for scholars who intend to pursue careers in university-level research. For prospective students interested in Spanish or Portuguese interpreting or language instruction, please consider the graduate programs in the College of Education and Human Development.

Graduate Student Support

All students admitted to Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies graduate program are automatically eligible (no additional application required) to receive a graduate instructor position that includes a bi-weekly stipend, tuition waiver, and health benefits. The graduate instructorship may be renewed annually.

As a participant in our graduate program, students are also eligible for annual travel and research awards made available only to our department's graduate students as part of our effort to support students’ scholarly research and the presentation of papers at professional conferences.


All application materials must be submitted electronically through the ApplyYourself application system (unless indicated otherwise) by the deadline, December 15. Please refer to the Application Checklist for important details. Applicants are accepted for admission fall semester only.

All graduate students are admitted to the Graduate School through the completion of the ApplyYourself application. For more information pertaining to the Graduate School and the University of Minnesota, visit the Graduate School's page for prospective students.

Required Materials

All indicated application materials should be submitted directly through the ApplyYourself admissions system. We cannot review your application until all of the required materials listed are submitted successfully. Please carefully review the application checklist for step-by-step instructions on required materials.