Master's Degrees in Spanish: Online and Campus-Based Programs

Master's degree programs in Spanish can allow you to study the language, literature, history and culture of Spain and Latin American countries. Read on for information about how programs work, prerequisites, courses typically included in the curriculum and career prospects. Schools offering Spanish degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How Does a a Master's Degree in Spanish Work?

Most master's programs award a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Spanish. You may be able to focus your M.A. in Spanish in a specific area, like linguistics or literature. One school's Department of Modern Languages offers online Spanish-focused master's degrees. The degrees offered through this program are an M.A. in Literature and an M.A. in Language Acquisition, which also comes with the option to concurrently earn a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning. It's possible to earn a master's degree in Spanish entirely online or through a hybrid online and on-campus program. However, most programs are conducted entirely on campus.

You may have the opportunity to study Spanish in a Hispanic country, such as Guatemala, Argentina, Peru, Spain or Mexico. If the program includes an educational component, you will likely have the opportunity to teach Spanish in the classroom, working with a licensed teacher for teaching experience. You may also have the option to decide whether or not you would like to complete a thesis. Programs with a thesis requirement are appropriate preparation for further graduate studies in Spanish.

Degree OptionsSome master's in Spanish programs available online; specialties, such as literature or linguistics, available
PrerequisitesProficiency in Spanish, audio recording of applicant's Spanish-speaking abilities, GRE scores, statement of purpose (possibly in Spanish)
Common CoursesModern Spanish, methods for teaching, sociolinguistics, Hispanic-American civilization
Career OptionsHigh school teacher with a teaching license; translator or interpreter for various organizations, courts or goverments

What are the Prerequisites?

Online and on-campus master's degree programs in Spanish typically require applicants to be proficient in the language. This requirement may come in the form of requiring applicants to hold a bachelor's degree in Spanish, or in closely related fields like Spanish literature. One school specifically requires that applicants hold a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.

In one case, all applicants are required to submit an audio recording of themselves speaking Spanish, while another school only requires those applying for teaching fellowships to do this. You may also need to submit GRE scores and provide a written statement of purpose describing your academic goals. This statement may need to be written in Spanish, but some schools give students the option to write this statement in English.

What Courses Will I Take?

As part of the master's degree in Spanish, you will take a variety of courses that will familiarize you with the culture, literature and civilization of various Hispanic cultures. Generally, the classes you take will be entirely in Spanish. Some course topics could include:

  • History of the Spanish language
  • Practical linguistics
  • Hispanic literature and culture
  • Translating in Spanish
  • Modern Spain
  • Composition and syntax
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Methods for teaching
  • Hispanic-American civilization
  • Research in Spanish

What Can I Do With this Degree?

With a master's degree in Spanish, you can teach Spanish at a high school, although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that you will need a teaching license to teach in public schools ( You could also become a translator or an interpreter, according to the BLS. Translators and interpreters can be self-employed, or they can work for various organizations and governments. Federal courts certify Spanish translators (, and local court systems may have their own certification requirements ( The State Department requires interpreters to pass a test in order to be employed. This test ensures that prospective interpreters are competent in the consecutive, simultaneous and conference-level interpreting areas that the Department requires.

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