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Online Master of Art in Spanish

 The Master of Arts in Spanish is a fully online, year-round, 30 credit program of study that provides high school teachers of Spanish and other individuals seeking to reach an advanced level of proficiency the opportunity to attain the qualifications and language skill level required to participate effectively in a variety of educational and professional settings. Rolling admissions means that students may begin their studies in fall, spring, or summer semesters.

Why choose us?

Cost: a set program fee of only $330.00 per credit hour saving you a minimum of $140.00 per credit hour.

  • Total program fees cost, in-state or out-of-state, is currently $9,900.0

Convenience: 30 credits

  • Fully online curriculum (1 course has synchronous elements and arranges according to student’s schedule)


  • Apply any time to start your studies in fall, spring or summer terms;
  • Be a full or part-time student as your schedule allows.


  • Individualized, live online advising

Curriculum, Master of Arts in Spanish

The MA in Spanish is a two-year program full time, but students may complete the MA on a part-time basis. Students can expect a rigorous and rewarding program of study centered on advanced mastery of the Spanish language, development of a deeper understanding of Hispanic literature and cultures, and the opportunity to explore developments in second language instruction.

There are four main components to the MA: 1) Coursework, 2) the M.A. Exams, 3)the Capstone Project, and 4) the Capstone Project Defense.  The student and the student’s assigned MA advisor to determine the Capstone Project.  The project must be approved by the student’s assigned MA advisor and the MA Program Director. 

Course requirements: There are 30 credits in the program. Of those, 18 are required and 12 are electives. For full details, see the MA Spanish Handbook.

OPI: In order to graduate, students must achieve a minimal rating of Advanced-Low on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview.  Students not achieving the required score may not graduate until achieving the score. The OPI must be taken no later than the 15th of October for December graduation, 15th of March for May graduation, or June 15th for August graduation. Students not achieving an Advanced Low may re-take the OPI until achieving the required score.

Defense: Students will defend the capstone project in Fall or Spring semester. Students must receive a “Pass” from all 3 members of the committee. A student not earning a “PASS” from the committee members may re-schedule the defense for the following academic term.


Applications first must be directed to the Graduate School. Additional information and admissions requirements can be found on the Graduate School website. For assistance call 208-282-2150 or email

In addition, you will need the following:

  • 3 letters of recommendation from non-family members
  • A 1.0-1.5 page statement from you, in Spanish, stating why you seek admission into this program and how you think it will benefit you
  • A 1.0-1.5 page written sample in Spanish


Need Help?

 MA Program Director, Dr. Cathleen Tarp, at

Graduate School Admissions: 208-282-2150 or

Department of Global Studies & Languages: 208-282- 3043 or