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Welcome to the Master of Arts in Spanish Program
From Dr. Edward Baranowski, Graduate Coordinator

Our Master of Arts is a balanced program of studies that covers the four main areas of the discipline: Hispanic culture and civilization, Spanish linguistics, Latin American literature and Spanish literature. Our graduates are well prepared to either continue studies leading to the PhD. or find careers in related fields, such as government service, teaching, or foreign and domestic business enterprises.

A special feature of Sacramento State’s Master of Arts in Spanish: Summer Pathway includes the opportunity for travel study in México, Spain, Central America or South America. Each summer our department offers a full academic program in one of these foreign venues, a program that includes course offerings in linguistics, literature and culture and cultural touring in the country.

Many of our local graduate students participate in one or more sessions of Summer Pathway to earn credit toward their master’s degree. It is possible to attend over three different summers and complete the culminating requirement (thesis, project or comprehensive exams) to earn the master’s degree. Through these programs, our students' educational experiences are greatly enhanced by daily use of the Spanish language and broad exposure to various Hispanic cultures, both in Spain and in the Americas. Students live with local families for three weeks as part of this cultural immersion.

For specific information about the Master of Arts in Spanish, including program requirements and coursework, please go to the Master of Arts in Spanish Program Requirements page.

Please read carefully this entire page and if you have any questions regarding the graduate program in general, do not hesitate to contact me. E-mail is the best way to do so and I will answer your queries promptly at

With our national reputation and the growing popularity of our summer pathway, you are encouraged to decide early on in the academic year whether or not you wish to apply for the summer pathway. With a limited number of spaces available each year, priority is given to returning students from previous summers.

Some programs fill easily five months before they begin, so it is important for you to begin the application process well before the first deadline listed in the brochure in order to ensure a place in the program.

We look forward to having you join us for the academic experience of a lifetime!

Dr. Edward Baranowski



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