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Saint Louis University’s Madrid campus is home to three exceptional graduate programs: the Master of Arts in English, the Master of Arts in Spanish and the Master of Arts in Political Science.

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Join our vibrant, international community of scholars and researchers who thrive in the culturally rich city of Madrid. SLU-Madrid also hosts summer programs for students pursuing graduate degrees in law and business.

For more information on our master's programs, visit the program pages under their respective departments:

Admissions 

M.A. in Spanish

Applicants should hold a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish or equivalent with an excellent academic record.

Your complete application must include:

  • Online application form
  • Undergraduate academic transcripts (18 credits at advanced Culture, Literature or Language are required)
  • Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic and professional experience and potential (letters from former university professors are highly considered)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test scores
  • Statement of purpose of 500 words that addresses your intellectual and professional goals
  • CV
  • Writing sample (5 to 8 pages; should include citations and references. You may want to use a good paper from your undergraduate courses)
  • $55 USD, payable online. Make sure you select the "SLU Madrid" program at the top of the page

All materials, except transcripts and GRE scores, must be uploaded to the system according to the instructions in the online application form. Send transcripts via mail to:

Saint Louis University
Graduate Admission
221 N. Grand Blvd., Suite 150
St. Louis, MO 63103

The deadlines for admission are:

  • Fall semester: rolling admissions until May 31; priority deadline for assistantship and scholarship applications: March 1
  • Spring semester: rolling admissions until Oct. 31; priority deadline for assistantship and scholarship applications: Sept. 1
  • Summer session: April 30 for students planning to stay for the fall semester; May 31 for students applying solely for the summer session

Once the application is complete, a committee of faculty members reviews it for evidence of preparation for advanced study of literature and the likelihood of academic success. One member of the committee will interview the candidate by telephone to assess the candidate's oral proficiency.

If you are a non-European Union student, keep in mind that acquiring a student visa can take two to three months and the process can begin only after you have been admitted and have confirmed your acceptance. If you are a U.S. student, you may be asked to present a FBI background check to apply for a long-stay visa. You are responsible for obtaining this background check. Make sure you order it at least four months before you plan to arrive to Madrid or you will not get your visa on time. If you are a U.S. visiting student and plan to be in Madrid for only one semester or during the summer session, you don’t need a long-stay visa nor the FBI background check.

M.A. in English

 Currently, this program is not accepting applications. 

M.A. in Political Science, International Relations and Crisis

Applicants should hold a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/International Relations, or a related field, with an excellent academic record.

The application package must include:

  • An online application form (Applications will open soon. In the meantime, and for any questions about the program, please email graduate-admissions-madrid@slu.edu);
  • Original academic transcripts; 
  • A 500-word statement of purpose  addressing your academic and professional goals;
  • A curriculum vitae/CV;
  • Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic and professional experience, such as from a former university professor, advisor or former employer;
  • An academic writing sample (8-10 pages that should include references and citations. It could be for example an undergraduate research paper);
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or Miller Analogies Test score;
  • $55 USD, payable online. Please make sure you select the “SLU Madrid” program at the top of the page.

All materials, except transcripts and GRE scores, must be uploaded to the system according to the instructions in the online application form. Send transcripts via mail to:

Saint Louis University
Graduate Admission
221 N. Grand Blvd., Suite 150
St. Louis, MO 63103

Deadlines

  • Full program applicants: The M.A. in Political Science starts in fall and runs over four semesters (fall, spring, summer I and summer II). Deadline: rolling admissions until May 31; priority deadline for assistantships is March 1.

Once the application is complete, a committee of faculty members reviews it for evidence of sufficient preparation for advanced study in political science/international relations and the likelihood of academic success. One member of the committee will interview the candidate by telephone to assess their suitability for the program.

If you are a non-European Union student, do keep in mind that acquiring a student visa can take two to three months and the process can begin only after you have been admitted and have confirmed your acceptance. If you are a U.S. student, you may be asked to present a FBI background check to apply for a long-stay visa. You are responsible for obtaining this background check. Make sure you order it at least four months before you plan to arrive to Madrid or you will not get your visa on time.

For visiting/semester students:

  • Fall semester deadline: rolling admissions until May 31.
  • Spring semester deadline: rolling admissions until October 31.
  • Summer sessions deadline: May 31.

If you are a U.S. visiting student and plan to be in Madrid for only one semester, or during the summer session, you will not need a long-stay visa nor an FBI background check.