The Master of Arts in Foreign Languages aims to enhance the linguistic and cultural proficiency of students through courses in sociolinguistics and second language acquisition, film studies, cultural studies and literary studies. Students may select from four concentrations: French, Spanish, French and Spanish, and Spanish/bilingual-multicultural education. Located only miles from Washington, D.C., students take advantage of the program’s existing relationships with schools, embassies, federal agencies, and international businesses—providing opportunity for internships and other educational experiences outside the classroom. 

Admissions

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For specific information, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental website.

Policies

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Banner Code: LA-MA-FRLN

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30-42

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Each concentration has a different number of required credits. In all four concentrations, 6 of the total credits may be earned with a thesis. Regardless of the concentration selected, all students must meet the core and distribution requirements given below and pass a comprehensive exam or write a thesis.

Concentration in French (FRN)

18 credits must be in courses with the subject code FREN.

Literature
Select two courses in literature chosen in consultation with an advisor and cover two different literary periods or Francophone regions.6
French Language and Linguistics
Select two courses in French language and linguistics chosen in consultation with an advisor.6
French
Select two additional courses in French literature or language in consultation with an advisor.6
Electives
Select four electives in consultation with an advisor. A maximum of 6 credits may be used for directed reading and research or thesis.12
Directed Reading and Thesis Research
Thesis
Total Credits30

Concentration in Spanish (SPN)

Required Core Courses 1
SPAN 502Hispanic Sociolinguistics3
SPAN 510Methods of Literary and Cultural Studies3
Latino, Latin American, or Spanish cultures, literatures, or linguistics
Select any five courses with the SPAN subject code.15
Electives
Select three electives in consultation with an advisor. 29
Directed Reading and Research
Thesis
Total Credits30

Concentration in Spanish and French (SF)

French
Select six required courses (not electives) specified under the concentration in French.18
Latino, Latin American, or Spanish cultures, literatures, or linguistics
Take the two required core courses specified under the concentration in Spanish, plus four electives with the SPAN subject code.18
Electives
Select two electives with the FREN, FRLN, and SPAN subject codes. 16
Directed Reading and Thesis Research
Directed Reading and Research
Thesis
Thesis
Total Credits42

Concentration in Spanish/Bilingual-Multicultural Education (SBM)

Required Core Courses 1
SPAN 502Hispanic Sociolinguistics3
SPAN 510Methods of Literary and Cultural Studies3
Latino, Latin American or Spanish cultures, literatures, or linguistics
Select four courses with the SPAN subject code.12
Education Courses
Select two courses from the following list in consultation with an advisor. 6
Child and Adolescent Development in Global Contexts
Introduction to Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners
Bilingualism and Language Acquisition Research
Assessment of Language Learners
Methods of Teaching in Foreign/World Languages
Advanced Methods of Teaching Foreign/Second Languages in PK-12 Schools
Reading/Writing in Foreign/World Languages
Electives 2
Select four electives in consultation with an advisor.12
Total Credits36

Foreign Languages, MA and Global Affairs, MA Dual Degree

Students interested in pursuing a dual master's program linking foreign languages or global affairs with another discipline should discuss their interest with the graduate program directors of both programs and review the university policies regarding Individualized Dual Master's Degree Programs.

Students approved to pursue a dual master's program linking the foreign languages MA with a concentration in French, Spanish, or Spanish bilingual/multicultural education with the global affairs MA can share 12 credits between the two programs. Application to the second master's program should be pursued with consultation of the directors of both programs. Admission to the second master's program will require that the student has met the minimum prerequisites for admissions to the second program.

Foreign Languages, BA (Spanish Concentration)/Foreign Languages, Accelerated MA (Spanish Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified Mason undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BA in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish and an MA in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 138 credits.

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's Accelerated Master's Degree policies.  For information specific to this accelerated master's program, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental website.

Students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits.

Students who are accepted in the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits.

Accelerated Master's Admissions Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the MA program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form:

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.00
  • Minimum grade of B in each advanced standing course
  • Successfully meeting Mason's requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following:

Advanced Standing courses (up to 12 credits with a minimum grade of B in each)

500-level SPAN courses
500-level FRLN courses

Advanced standing courses may substitute for some or all (up to 12 credits) of the 400-level requirements in the BA in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish.

Reserve Graduate Credit courses (up to 6 credits) taken while an undergraduate and will only count for the graduate degree program

500-level SPAN courses
500-level FRLN courses
 

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements see AP.6.7 Bachelor's Accelerated Master's Degree policies.

Foreign Languages, BA (Spanish Concentration)/Foreign Languages, Accelerated MA (Spanish/Bilingual-Multicultural Education Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified Mason undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BA in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish and an MA in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish/Bilingual Multicultural Education in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 144 credits.

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's Accelerated Master's Degree policies.  For information specific to this accelerated master's program, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental website.

Students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits.

Students who are accepted in the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits.

Accelerated Master's Admissions Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the MA program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form:

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.00
  • Minimum grade of B in each advanced standing course
  • Successfully meeting Mason's requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following:

Advanced Standing courses (up to 12 credits with a minimum grade of B in each)

500-level SPAN courses
500-level FRLN courses

Advanced standing courses may substitute for some or all (up to 12 credits) of the 400-level requirements in the BA in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish.

Reserve Graduate Credit courses (up to 6 credits) taken while an undergraduate and will only count for the graduate degree program

500-level SPAN courses
500-level FRLN courses
 

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements see AP.6.7 Bachelor's Accelerated Master's Degree policies.