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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

Minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed. This typically takes 4 semesters or 2 years to accomplish.

Where will I take classes?

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: March 1

Spanish, M.A.

Through an emphasis on Spanish language, literature, and culture, our program fosters communicative abilities, intercultural competence and global awareness among students. The interdisciplinary focus of the faculty enhances graduate education by encouraging alternate cultural perspectives that complement such areas of study as Business, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Law, Education, and the Humanities among others.

Our Spanish M.A. program is a gateway for students to internationalize their degree in a way that will not only help them better understand a globalized society but will also make them more competitive for career opportunities as they enter a global economy. We offer students real world opportunities to combine and apply Spanish language ability, cultural knowledge, and career skills.

The ability to speak Spanish fluently can be an asset in today’s global economy and make individuals more competitive in the job market. Graduates in Spanish, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, pursue careers in business, education, government, and the nonprofit sector, while others pursue Ph.D. & Ed.D. degrees.

We offer competitive Graduate Teaching Assistantships with a full tuition waiver.

Program Details
  1. An undergraduate major in Spanish or very strong knowledge/proficiency in Spanish.
  2. A minimum of three literature courses, including an introductory course, or equivalent.
  3. A complete dossier which must include:
    • Two-page Letter of Intent/Statement of Purpose (in English) expressing your objectives in entering the program (educational and career goals).
    • Two letters of recommendation (in English or in the target language) from people familiar with the candidate’s academic work.
    • A writing sample, in Spanish. The Review Committee evaluates more than target language. Hence, in this Spanish paper, you will demonstrate good analytical skills and original ideas, and include some bibliography  (between 1250 and 6000 words; Times New Roman; font 12).
    • Transcripts (one from each institution attended).
  1. We do not require the GRE for this program.At the discretion of the Graduate Review Committee, an entrance exam or interview may be required.

Non-Thesis Option:

  • Thirty credit hours of courses
  • A research paper
  • A final master’s portfolio
  • An oral exit interview
  • Proficiency in a world language other than the student’s major

Thesis Option:

  • Twenty-four credit hours of courses
  • A written thesis proposal
  • Six hours of thesis research
  • A thesis
  • A final master’s portfolio
  • An oral exit interview
  • Proficiency in a world language other than the student’s major

Our Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA-As and GTA-Bs) receive a full tuition waiver. We have two types of Assistantships:

The First Year: A GTA-A is a graduate student with an assistantship who has not yet completed 18 credit hours toward graduation.  As a first-year graduate student, a GTA-A will receive a stipend of up to $3,000 per semester and for up to two consecutive semesters. The stipend is divided into 8 equal payments for a commitment of 12 hours of tutoring per week. GTA-As are expected to complete 18 hours toward graduation in the MA program by the end of three semesters (Summer included) and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to upgrade to GTA-B status.

The Second Year: A GTA-B is a graduate student with an assistantship who has completed 18 credit hours toward graduation and who is eligible to teach language courses during the second year of their MA program. If approved, the stipend will increase to $3,000 per class taught (2 to 3 courses total to be taught in the second year based on program needs). Failure to upgrade to GTA-B status could result in the non-renewal of the assistantship.

The assistantship requires daytime availability to tutor in our language lab the first year and to teach languages courses largely offered between 9:30 am and 3:45pm during the second year.

At the end of their Spanish M.A., students are expected to:

  • Demonstrate ability in research and/or data collecting
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in field and ability to analyze primary material
  • Use concepts/theory in field to: describe, explain, evaluate and generate new ideas
  • Demonstrate appropriate literary, artistic, linguistic, historical and cultural knowledge
  • Defend a thesis/argument with textual evidence and secondary sources
  • Demonstrate communicative competence in written language
  • Demonstrate communicative competence in oral language
  • Demonstrate superior use of grammar or spelling



Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and is the native language of more than 570 million people, according to Spain's Cervantes Institute.

The number of Spanish speakers is expected to increase as populations grow in Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, along with continued growth in the number of Spanish speakers in the United States.

Graduates in global languages, including Spanish, pursue careers in business, education, government, and the nonprofit sector, and some pursue advanced degrees.


World Languages and Cultures Office


Regular Office Hours:

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.


Graduate program information: wlcgraduate@gsu.edu

Director of Graduate Studies
Ian Campbell

By Mail:
Department of World Languages & Cultures
P.O. Box 3970
Atlanta, GA. 30302

25 Park Pl NE
Suite 2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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