Program Content

Summer-term Core Courses (graduate-level) 24 units
Practicum / Internship   4 units
Academic Year Courses (electives)   6 units
Total 34 units

Unit Distributions

Literature                              12 units
Linguistics   8 units
Pedagogy   4 units
Practicum/Internship   4 units
Electives (varies)   6 units

See the Course Descriptions page for details. The Modern Languages Department will ensure that some of the upper-division Spanish courses offered in the SSU undergraduate program during the academic year begin after 4:00 p.m. to facilitate enrollment in electives by working professionals enrolled in the MA program.

Other Program Requirements

  • Effective communication skills in written English as demonstrated by fulfillment of the Written English Proficiency Test (WEPT), which may be proctored at a local college if you live out of the area. You should plan to complete this no later than the Fall of your second year in the program.
  • Advancement to candidacy via the GSO1 form should be filed when the student enters the final phase of the program. This step is contingent upon completing the WEPT requirement.
  • A Comprehensive Exam must be completed at the end of the course of study. This exam is held in person a week after the end of the final Summer course, and is based on readings from all of your Summer core classes.
  • A Completion of Requirements Form, the GSO2, must be filed at the end of your program to certify that all requirements have been fulfilled. You can bring this filled-out and signed form to your Comprehensive Exam and it will be submitted for you.
  • Filing for Graduation: students are responsbile for filing for graduation with the Records office in a timely manner. Late applications will not be accepted. The Graduate Studies Office forms site has the latest forms and deadlines.

General Graduate Studies Requirements at Sonoma State University

  • At least 21 semester units shall be completed in residence.
  • All courses applied to the program must be completed with an overall GPA of 3.00, and no course for which a final grade below C is assigned may be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • No more than 30 percent of coursework (10 units) shall be allowed in transfer.
  • No credit toward a Master's degree will be given for student teaching in a credential program.
  • At the discretion of the department, up to one-third of the total program units may be in a nontraditional grading mode (credit/no credit).
  • No classes completed as an undergraduate may be used except those granted provisional graduate credit prior to award of the baccalaureate degree.
  • Graduate programs must be completed in no more than 7 years, which is computed as 14 semesters.