Spanish Concentration

Earn a BA and an MA in as little as five years!

Accelerated Master's Programs

Accelerated Master’s degree programs (BAMs) allow highly qualified and highly motivated undergraduates to begin graduate study while still completing their BA. This allows them to earn an MA in a reduced amount of time, and at significantly reduced cost. 

Mason undergraduate students who have completed 60 credits are eligible to apply to the Accelerated Master’s Degree (BAM) program. Students accepted into the BAM can:

  • Enroll in seminar-style graduate courses while still completing the BA
  • Apply up to 12 graduate credits to both the BA and the MA
  • Earn an additional 6 reserve graduate credits while still an undergraduate (at undergraduate tuition rates)
  • Begin their MA degree with 18 credits already earned 
  • Complete both degrees with as few as total 138 credits

Additional benefits of the Accelerated Master’s Degree (BAM) program include:

  • A streamlined application process
  • No application fee

Master's in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish

The MA in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish offers students an opportunity to study a wide variety of topics from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Coursework includes the academic study of the language, literature, and the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world (including the US) as well as applied linguistics, cultural studies, critical pedagogy, film studies, and Latinx studies.

Students can choose to simultaneously earn the graduate certificate in Spanish Heritage Language Education, which provides expertise on the linguistic, sociolinguistic, and cultural characteristics of Spanish-speakers in the US; heritage language educational policy; and social justice-oriented, antiracist approaches to teaching Spanish. Coursework can count for BOTH the MA and the certificate (but no course can count towards more than two degrees).

Funding opportunities

MA students in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages are eligible to apply for the following Graduate Assistantships. All of these assistantships provide a stipend and cover six credits of graduate tuition per semester.
  • Graduate Assistantship in Spanish tutoring (open to all MA students)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship (only students who have completed 18 graduate credits may apply)
  • Tuition discount available for Virginia educators! The discount can be applied to 2 graduate courses, or 6 credits, per semester, and up to 18 credits total. If you currently teach at a public or private school in the state of Virginia, please inquire further about your eligibility for this award by contacting Dr. Ellen Serafini, Director of Graduate Studies and/or
Current and prospective students interested in applying should contact Dr. Ellen Serafini, Director of Graduate Studies and/or