M.A. French and Spanish FAQs


Below you can find several frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Master’s programs in French and Spanish with brief answers. This information is intended to help but it certainly doesn’t substitute for speaking with an advisor for additional information.

The statement of purpose can be a one- to two-page document, double-spaced (Times New Roman, font size 12, one-inch margins on all sides). The statement should offer a brief overview of your current educational and career goals.
The writing sample should be in the target language of the MA program to which you are applying. If you cannot submit an essay you wrote from an undergraduate class, then you may consider preparing a new essay in which you address a subject or work of your choosing. In short, the Graduate Committee would like to see that the applicant can write clearly in the target language.
It is more important to submit your application materials on time. Letters of recommendation and official scores (for TOEFL or IELTS) can arrive after the upcoming deadline.
Letters of recommendation can be written and submitted online by current or former professors as well as work supervisors.
After you are admitted into the program, you are provided an opportunity to apply for an Assistantship.
Students admitted to the graduate program need to show that they can write in the target language. Students who are not native speakers of English need to show English language proficiency with TOEFL or IELTS scores. In some cases, graduate students are encouraged to audit conversation and grammar courses in Spanish or French to polish and perfect their language skills.
The Office of Student Financial Services provides information about tuition and fees on their website. Graduate students in our M.A. programs, who are awarded and accept a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA), receive a full tuition waiver and stipend for living expenses.
Students may transfer up to two courses from another graduate program at Georgia State University and/or two graduate courses from another University.
Students who are awarded and accept a Teaching Assistantship are guaranteed support for two years; subsequently, students are strongly encouraged to complete their degree in that time. Others who work full time generally take longer to finish. According to University requirements, Master’s degrees should be completed within seven calendar years from the date of admission.
Graduate classes are offered during the week and are scheduled from 4:30 to 7:00 P.M. to accommodate teaching and work schedules for those who are pursuing a Master’s degree while still working full-time. Classes are offered in the Fall (August-December) and Spring (January-April). Some courses are offered during the Summer term (June-July). A few graduate-level courses are offered during the “Maymester” (i.e., May) term.
Yes! A key learning outcome of the Master’s programs in Spanish and French is mastery of the spoken and written language. Ideally, students learn to prepare concise and logically-written materials, organize and communicate ideas effectively in oral presentations, debate issues and use logical arguments to persuade others, among other valuable skills.
A Master’s degree in Spanish or French means you have gained mastery of a language but students also gain valuable leadership skills and critical thinking skills, including:

  • A sophisticated understanding of history, politics, economics as manifested in language, (im)material culture, and thought from Spanish- and French-speaking cultures
  • A keen understanding of the formation of identities as manifested in language, (im)material culture, and thought
  • An understanding of global issues from perspectives that emerge from the Spanish- and French-speaking world

If you choose to write a thesis. You have the option to work on a Master’s thesis if your professional and academic goals motivate you to undertake academic research. As a graduate student in the program, you also have the option to write a non-thesis paper, which is a professional paper that you could potentially publish, present at a conference or other professional venue.
We currently offer a few courses online in the Spanish program. We hope to be able to offer more online courses in the near future.