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Multilingual Studies

*M.A. in Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures


Campuses:  Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus, Virginia Tech Online (Virtual) 
Instructions: Residential/On Campus, Online Courses for Virtual Option  

M.A. in Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures

Program Overview

The Multilingual Studies program provides a comprehensive overview of the literatures, cultures, and languages of the Hispanic and French/Francophone worlds. The program exposes students to research methods, critical analysis, and advanced pedagogical tools. The principal goal of the program is to prepare students for career tracks that require advanced linguistic and cultural knowledge.


Why choose this program?

  • Our faculty is recognized for their research and teaching prowess that takes a hands-on approach in master’s classes. We also offer a variety of learning options to accommodate the needs of our students.
  • Our graduates go on to careers in teaching, international policy, and advanced doctoral studies. In teaching, graduates teach at all levels of K-12 education, community college, and as instructors at the university level. 
  • Our students have also taken on careers in the non-profit and policy sectors. 
  • We have an excellent record of placement in Ph.D. programs such as University of Virginia, Duke University, Ohio State University, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina, Washington University in St. Louis, and University of Kansas
  • Our program is ideal for teachers of K-12 Spanish/French, those planning to work in international settings, those interested in teaching Spanish/French at a community college or as a university instructor, or those considering doctoral studies at other universities.
  • Our distance learning option and flexible structure are especially ideal for full time professionals.
  • The degree program may be completed at the Blacksburg campus, or online through the Virtual campus.
  • The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center. Virtual campus students likewise enjoy library access, electronically and by mail, and technical support.

What You'll Study

You will complete 30 credit hours including core requirements, electives, and/or research.

Classes in literature cover the major literary movements, while classes in linguistics provide an overview of the principal areas of inquiry. Our offerings in culture cover a wide-ranging array of interdisciplinary topics. The degree includes two options to complete the required 30 semester credit hours. You may complete 30 hours of coursework and take a comprehensive master’s examination based on a reading list, or complete 24 hours of coursework 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. 

  • Minimum GPA 3.0 (4 Scale)
  • TOEFL/ IELTS score Required  (If Applicable)

Learn more 

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures has a limited number of graduate assistantships and fellowships available for students applying for full time study on the Blacksburg Campus. Entering students can apply for such funding as part of their admissions application. No separate application required.

Find out what loans are available as a graduate student and other opportunities.

International (Blacksburg Campus) Application Deadlines:

  • *Fall: April 01
  • Spring: Sep 01
  • Summer I: Jan 1
  • Summer II: Feb 01

Domestic (Blacksburg Campus Only) Application Deadlines:

  • *Fall: Aug 01
  • Spring: Jan 01
  • Summer I: May 25
  • Summer II: Jun 01

*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding:  January 15

Domestic and International (Online/Virtual Campus Only) Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: Aug 01
  • Spring: Jan 01
  • Summer I: May 25
  • Summer II: Jun 01

Jessica A. Folkart, Director of Graduate Studies
331 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Pam Saville, Graduate Student Coordinator
331B Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061


Jessica A. Folkart, Director of Graduate Studies
331 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Faculty Experts In French

Faculty Experts In Spanish