MA in Foreign Languages

The Department offers an MA in Foreign Languages with five different concentrations:

We also offer a Graduate Certificate in Spanish Heritage Language Education (SHLE) that can be taken together with the MA, with courses counting toward both degrees.

The Accelerated MA program allows highly qualified undergraduates to save time and money by beginning their graduate study while still completing their undergraduate degree (with up to 12 credits counting towards both degrees).  

Educators seeking professional development opportunities may take graduate courses as non-degree students. In most cases, non-degree coursework can later be applied to the MA and certificate programs.

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


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