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World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Master's Degree Program


Graduate opportunities

Expertise in a world language gives you an advantage in the workplace and opens possibilities of working overseas in private and government institutions. At the University of North Texas, world language students master language skills through combining required course work and other learning opportunities.

The Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers course work leading to a Master of Arts degree in French or Spanish.

Our M.A. degree enables you to teach language courses at a community college, university or in public and private schools. Other options include teaching intensive language programs that prepare you for working with business professionals and multi-national corporations or working as a translator or interpreter. You may also work in the tourism industry.

Our faculty members’ varied backgrounds include extensive research, travel, and study in the Americas and Europe, and involvement in professional organizations.

Summer institutes, study abroad and facilities

The French and Spanish Summer Institutes have a dual purpose. Their first goal is help individuals improve their proficiency in French or Spanish and increase their knowledge of French or Hispanic studies. It is possible to enroll in the program for one summer term only.

The second goal is to enable individuals who can’t enroll in a graduate program for professional reasons to earn an M.A. in French or Spanish in three to five summers, depending on transfer credit or the minor field.

The French and Spanish Summer Institutes follow the immersion principle, as participants speak the target language for two to four weeks. You can combine summer courses and courses taken during the fall and spring semesters to complete your degree faster. More information on this option is available on our website.

Through the Strasbourg and Madrid study abroad programs, you may earn 6 semester credits in French or Spanish while studying at the University of Strasbourg or through the faculty-led program in Madrid for three to four weeks in the summer.

Graduate students with one year of experience as a teaching fellow or as a high school teacher may spend one year in France teaching English at a high school or university as a lecturer or teaching assistant.

We also host international conferences and professional development workshops for teachers.

The World Language Learning Center supports students learning nine different languages. It provides 80 computer workstations, more than 30 software programs for self-study and assignments, multi-language audio and video media, satellite reception of international foreign language programs, presentation equipment, and additional materials.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You must meet the admission requirements of the Toulouse Graduate School®, in addition to the following program requirements:

  • 12 semester hours of advanced undergraduate work in a chosen language field
  • GRE scores in the quantitative, verbal and analytical sections (no minimum score)
  • 250-word essay in the target language
  • One-page curriculum vitae

Your admission is based on a holistic review of these items including your undergraduate GPA. All factors are weighed equally.

Degree requirements

Master of Arts degree

Thesis option I
  • 30 semester hours of course work in the major
  • 6 semester hours of thesis
Thesis option II
  • 24 semester hours of course work in the major
  • 6 semester hours of course work in a minor or through transfer
  • 6 semester hours of thesis
Non-thesis option
  • 30 semester hours of course work in the major
  • 6 semester hours of course work in a minor or through transfer

Written comprehensive examinations in your major language are required if you do not select a thesis option.

Financial assistance

Graduate fellowships and assistantships are available. Language students may also find part-time employment in the World Language Learning Center or the department office, which requires secretarial skills. Information about other financial assistance programs is on the Financial Aid website.