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  • Masters Available
  • Masters Available

Master of Arts


The Master of Arts in Spanish is nationally and internationally recognized, attracting students from all over the United States and many other countries for the past four decades. The ability to communicate complex ideas in Spanish and understand Hispanic cultures is an asset, especially as the United States is projected to be the country with the highest Spanish-speaking population in the world by 2050. A Master of Arts in Spanish focuses on improving language fluency and skills and expanding knowledge of Spanish, Latin American and Caribbean cultures and literatures.

BGSU hosts its own study abroad program in Alcalá de Henares, Spain

Quality classroom experiences

Students in the program benefit from small classes and individual attention, allowing for the development of close student-faculty working relationships. They will have access to a wide variety of courses taught by a diverse scope of faculty and staff, all housed in one, vibrant community. Students also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture during BGSU’s study abroad program in Alcalá de Henares, Spain for up to one full academic year. Our Teaching Assistant Program allows students to gain valuable experience as Spanish language instructors. 

Stand Out in courses

  • Spanish American Cinema
  • Latin American & Caribbean Music, Art & Literature
  • Issues in Contemporary Mexican Literature & Culture
  • Hispanic Linguistics
  • Heritage Language Pedagogy
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Teaching College Spanish
  • Contemporary Spanish Literature


A total of 36 credit hours of coursework at the graduate level are required for the Master of Arts in Spanish. (A Spanish certificate for educators and professionals requires 18 credit hours). The flexible structure of the courses, including online and on-ground courses, are appealing to busy professionals who are interested in a graduate program in Spanish.

6:1 student-to-faculty ratio

30+ course offerings available

Internships and Careers 

The program offers experiential learning in the U.S. with local Latina/o/x organizations/communities and abroad in locations such as Puerto Rico, Cuba, Panama, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. The program supports student research for presentations at conferences such as the Latino/a/x Issues Conference and Ohio Latin Americanist Conference, and for publication in the academic online journal La BloGoteca de Babel. Spanish graduates are prepared for work in a variety of service-oriented fields. Master’s students also often pursue doctoral degrees to prepare for academic careers in Spanish literature, linguistics, second language acquisition and Latin American cultural studies.

Salary and Placement Information

100% job placement for our 2017-2019 graduates

GO FAR in your career

  • Teacher/professor (high school, community college, university)
  • Study abroad administrator and/or teacher
  • Organizer with Latino/a/x-serving nonprofits
  • Bilingual communicator in business-oriented careers

Community engagement available with local and international Latina/o/x communities

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Spanish degree, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate fluently in Spanish through advanced language proficiency
  • Discuss critically and analytically, both orally and in writing, a variety of topics related to the Spanish language as well as Spanish-speaking cultures and literatures
  • Familiarize themselves with the most relevant theories and research tools and questions in the field of Spanish linguistics and the fields of Spanish and Latin American literary and cultural studies

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012-2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Spanish M.A. program does not lead to professional licensure.

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Spanish M.A. is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact assessment@bgsu.edu.

Updated: 10/06/2023 11:34AM