Master of Arts in Spanish

Develop your linguistic skills and delve into a robust literary experience with the Master of Arts in Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. 

This interdisciplinary master’s program integrates language studies and literature while providing students the opportunity to refine their research and teaching skills in preparation for a doctoral program or a career in many professional fields. 

The 30-credit curriculum includes a diverse menu of core and elective courses in advanced linguistics and literature. Linguistics courses cover areas such as dialectology, phonology, sociolinguistics and syntax, while literature courses explore works from medieval times through the 21st century. 

You can choose to focus your Spanish studies, and specialize in one of the following areas. 

  • Hispanic linguistics
  • Spanish American literature
  • Peninsular Spanish literature

This opportunity is particularly valuable to students interested in furthering their research at the doctoral level. The Spanish MA program is designed to provide the skills and experience necessary to pursue your PhD in Spanish, or professional opportunities in business, education, government, social and medical services, and more. 

Several dedicated courses are available for those interested in learning Spanish for a career in the healthcare industry. Through these courses, you’ll explore health trends in Hispanic populations and refine your medical Spanish. If this is an area of interest to you, Temple also offers an online graduate certificate in Spanish for Health Professionals, which prepares professionals to engage with Latino and Spanish-speaking communities in healthcare settings. 

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Our Community

The College of Liberal Arts at Temple comprises many disciplines and research areas. Now more than ever, an interdisciplinary liberal arts education is invaluable for your future pursuits. It offers the opportunity to further push your drive to create real change in the world, here at Temple and beyond. In this graduate program, you’ll work closely with diverse faculty members who are highly esteemed in their field, collaborating with them and with a curious, passionate community of peers. 

Program Format & Curriculum

Students have three years to satisfy their requirements for the Spanish MA program, which can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Classes take place on Temple’s Main Campus.

The 30-credit Spanish MA curriculum comprises one core course, elective courses, a Graduate Language Examination (GLE) and a comprehensive examination. The GLE is administered four times per year⁠⁠—twice during the fall semester and twice during the spring semester. Catalan exams are administered by the department upon request. Register for the GLE.

The following core course is required of all students.

  • Hispanic Bibliography and Research

Learn more about Spanish MA program requirements.

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*College of Education
**School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $942.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,297.00 per credit

Learn more about our tuition and fees.

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