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Spanish - Graduate studies

Master's and doctorate in Spanish

The Spanish program offers a Master in Arts (M.A.) and a doctorate (PhD) in the discipline. The MA is a one-year program and the PhD is a four-year program.

Because Spanish is the second most spoken language in America, the Hispanic world has a rich heritage and an important cultural and literary influence. This means that specialized graduate studies in Spanish linguistics, literatures and cultures are becoming a necessity. Our programs will help you develop expertise on one of the planet’s richest and most interesting cultures.

Our diverse seminars will offer you training on Spain and Latin America, including literature, cultural studies, cinema, teaching and Hispanic linguistics. You will study how Hispanic countries were shaped by the language, literature and culture of today and yesterday, and how they interact with the world.

The professors’ areas of expertise, publications and current researches cover a variety of topics such as:

  • Memory, Nation and Identities in literary and cultural productions
  • Intellectual and cultural history of the Spanish transition to democracy
  • Transculturation and cultural blending in Latin America
  • Melodrama and postmodernity in cinema
  • Bilingualism and language acquisition
  • Teaching of Spanish
  • Marginalism and marginal individuals in Spanish medieval and Golden Century literature
  • Diasporic communities and identities in modern age
  • Historic memory shared between Spaniards and Afro-Americans
  • Gender studies and Hispanic LGTBQ

With an average of 8.0, you will receive generous financial support and the possibility to gain professional experience as a teaching or research assistant.

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The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

With global economic integration and the proliferation of communication technologies, the ability to speak, read and write at least one language other than English or French has become one of the most sought-after abilities in the eyes of employers the world over. Here in Canada, closer ties between North America, Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East are making it essential to learn foreign languages and cultures.
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Short duration - Master of Spanish (MA)

  • Coursework (12 months)
  • Full- or part-time enrolment
  • In-person or online courses
  • September or January start (evening classes available)
  • Courses taught in Spanish (elective courses may be taught in English or in French)

Doctorate - Spanish Graduate Studies

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Graduate programs and opportunities

Distinguish your professional or academic profile at one of Canada’s top 10 research institutes. The University of Ottawa’s diverse range of programs allows you to choose a formula that improves your employment prospects and fits your lifestyle.
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Contact info

Elena Valenzuela
Associate professor
[email protected]

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Hamelin Hall, 2nd floor
70 Laurier Ave. East
Ottawa ON Canada K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5715
Fax: 613-562-5138

Office hours

Monday to Friday
8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
(June to August: closed at 4 p.m.)