• Master of Arts in Spanish

    The Master of Arts in Spanish program at Worcester State University helps you further develop your understanding of—and appreciation for—the cultures and literatures of Spanish-speaking nations. With part-time, evening, and online classes, our flexible program is designed for working professionals like you, allowing you to advance your career at your own pace.

    As the only university in Central Massachusetts with a graduate program in Spanish, WSU offers you a diverse array of classes, ranging from the study of language acquisition to the exploration of literatures and cultures of Spain and Latin America. We also offer a unique, 3-week summer immersion experience at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico, where you can take classes and explore local culture. You’ll demonstrate your mastery of program coursework through the completion of a thesis or comprehensive examination in Spanish—and, in recent years, students and professors who have collaborated on research have presented their findings at academic conferences.

    While many of our students have continued their studies beyond the master’s level, others have found great success as Spanish instructors in grades K-12. In fact, a master’s degree in Spanish from WSU may be used toward professional teacher licensure in Massachusetts. Others still contribute their knowledge and skills in the growing field of professional translation and oral interpretation in such sectors as education, health care, law, and technology.

  • Admission Requirements
    1. General admission requirements
    2. B.A. in Spanish or related field and/or interview with faculty member
    Program of Study

    Foundation Courses

    • SP 901 Advanced Study/Research Methods (3 credits)
    • SP 994 Thesis Seminar or Comprehensive Exam in Spanish (3 credits)

    Spanish Concentration Courses

    • Culture (9 credits)
      • One course must be in Peninsular Culture, one in Latin American Culture, one in Latino Culture.
    • Literature (15 credits)
      • Two courses must be in Peninsular Literature, 2 in Latin American Literature, and 1 in Latino Literature.

    Electives (6 credits)
    Students may take graduate elective courses in advanced language, civilization, Spanish for Professionals, translation, or an independent study.

    Total Credits: 36