Graduate Studies

Master of Arts

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers Masters of Arts degrees in Chinese, French, and Spanish.

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M.A. Degree in Chinese (San Francisco State University)

The Chinese Program at San Francisco State University offers a Masters Degree in Chinese with a curriculum encompassing classical and modern Chinese literature, Chinese linguistics, and Chinese language pedagogy. Additional elective courses are available in the areas of Chinese-English translation and interpretation, and teaching Chinese as a foreign language.


M.A. in Chinese (Advancement to Candidacy)

Completion of the Master of Arts degree in Chinese requires 30 units of coursework (including required courses in literature, linguistics and language pedagogy plus additional electives) and the completion of a Culminating Experience consisting of written and oral examinations in two subjects.

M.A. in French (Information for Applicants)

The Master of Arts program in French at SFSU is primarily focused on the study of literature and culture, from the Middles Ages to the 20th century. Our objective is to offer interesting and challenging courses, based on original research and the specialized fields of the French faculty, to teach and inspire students to do graduate work while developing their knowledge of French and Francophone literature and culture.

M.A. in French (Advancement to Candidacy)

The M.A. Program in French at SFSU requires the completion of 30 units of course work in French Literature, culture or language, and offers two different culminating experience options: Master's Comprehensive Written and Oral Examinations, or a Master's Thesis and Master's Comprehensive Oral Examination.

M.A. in Spanish (Information for Applicants)

The Master of Arts in Spanish at San Francisco State University offers students a challenging and enriching experience in the study of Spanish and Latin American literature and culture in one of the most fascinating cities of the world.  You will study literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present and receive training in academic writing, and in literary research methodologies and cultural theory.

M.A. in Spanish (Graduate Study Checklist)

See below for a checklist for completing graduate studies in Spanish, together with procedures for completing the Culminating Experience and instructions for submitting an Application for Graduation.