This master’s degree program is ideal for teachers of secondary-level Spanish and French, those planning to work in international settings, those interested in teaching French or Spanish at a community college or as a university instructor, or those considering doctoral studies at other universities.

Completing Your Degree

The degree includes two options to complete the required 30 semester credit hours. You may complete 30 hours of course work and take a comprehensive master’s examination based on a reading list, or complete 24 hours of course work plus 6 research credits and write a master’s thesis.

Full-time students normally will complete the program in two years. Students may complete the degree entirely online, in residence, or both. Virginia Tech is a fully accredited, world-ranked research university. 

We offer tracks in Hispanic Studies, French & Francophone Studies, and a Multilingual Track that allows students to combine French with Spanish. Hispanic studies classes cover Spain, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spanish-speaking immigrant cultures in North America. French and Francophone classes cover France as well as French-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, Canada, and other French immigrant cultures of the Americas. 

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What Is a Master's in Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures?

Our program is ideal for students seeking careers with an international focus, especially those requiring Spanish and French. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of our program, coursework includes areas such as cultural studies, cinema, art, translation, linguistics, and business. 

Why Study Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures Here?

Our programs are relatively small, with individualized mentoring and guidance. We focus on the acquisition and development of analytical thinking based on a range of critical approaches. 


Program Goals

The master’s degree in Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures at Virginia Tech is designed to meet the needs of students seeking academic and other professional careers in contexts that require intercultural competency as well as a specialized knowledge of Spanish or French.

Steps to Apply

Steps to Apply

Priority Application Deadline for consideration for funding: February 1
International Student Deadline: April 1
Rolling Admissions Deadline: August 1

Start Your Application

  • Complete the online Application for Graduate Admission:
    • select foreign languages, cultures, and literatures from the alphabetical list of degree programs
    • upload a personal statement of academic and professional goals
    • upload required writing sample
    • submit the names and contact information of three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation
    • upload resume/CV
    • pay applicaiton fee ($75)
  • Submit transcripts from all colleges or universities where you completed undergraduate or graduate coursework or degrees
  • Send GRE scores: our code is #005859
  • Send TOEFL scores (for applicants who are not native speakers of English)

Additional Notes

  • Requirements for admission include a 3.0 GPA and at least 18 hours of course credit in French or Spanish at the advanced level. GRE scores are optional.
  • Applicants whose undergraduate degrees were earned in other fields, or who otherwise do not meet the above requirements, but who provide evidence of capacity to pursue graduate study, may be offered admission into the program with conditional status. Applicants in this category may be asked to appear for a personal interview and to take an appropriate exam. They may also be asked to make up undergraduate deficiencies before being advanced to degree status.
  • The admissions committee may request an oral interview in French or Spanish. This interview is conducted in person, by telephone, or by Skype.






Graduate Assistantships

Details about Assistantships

We offer teaching assistantships at the Blacksburg campus. Students must be enrolled full time in the graduate degree program to qualify for a position. Most positions are offered to entering students and require 20 hours of work per week. The positions require enrollment in 12 hours of graduate credit each semester. 

In addition to assistantships, Virginia teachers and school personnel may be eligible for reduced tuition, and the Graduate School provides information about other types of financial aid.

Duration of Funding

Contracts are for one year, with renewal depending on progress in the degree program and satisfactory performance of assistantship duties.

Benefits of Assistantships

Assistantships provide these benefits:

  • tuition waiver
  • stipend
  • health insurance program (see the Graduate School benefits page for details)


You can find details on benefits and fees under "financial matters" at the Graduate School website:

Graduate teaching assistants receive a stipend for teaching undergraduate courses, usually composition, and graduate research assistants receive a stipend for collecting and analyzing data for research projects. 

Students pay non-academic fees, which estimated at $400 per semester. Students are advised to apply for Virginia residency as soon as possible (after one year in residence). 


Applying for Funding

The application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship. If you check yes, you will automatically be added to our list of candidates. All new positions begin in the fall semester. 

Beyond the Classroom


We offer travel support and graduate assistantships. Students with assistantships recieve monthly stipends in exchange for assisting faculty in teaching or research and have the full cost of their tuition covered. 


Our diverse faculty will work closely with you to design a program that fits your needs. We have particular strengths in literature and writing.


We offer the opportunity to complete the degree entirely online, in residence, or both.

Finishing with Options

Our programs have been successful in placing students in publishing, teaching, and management positions, as well as preparing students to attend prominent Ph.D. programs nationwide.

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Writing Your Thesis

Spend several semesters developing an in-depth, original research project that demonstrates your expertise in a chosen area.

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Learn more about living and studying in Blacksburg as a graduate student.

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Professor Vinodh Venkatesh

Graduate Studies Director