4+1 MA Program in French and Spanish

Students majoring in French and Spanish now have the possibility of completing a BA and an MA in French or Spanish in five years instead of the traditional six. Having an MA in French or Spanish will allow the student better chances of employment as a language teacher or as a translator/interpreter. Students with MA degrees in foreign languages also work in government, international business, for NGOs, as copywriters, and at colleges and universities in positions such as study abroad coordinators.


Students would complete 36 undergraduate credits in SPAN or FREN, including all requirements for the major, but do not apply for graduation.

A 3.0 GPA in Spanish or French is required for continuation into the 4+1 MA program.

Students need to complete 32 credits at the graduate level. All these credits must be taken at RALL. Of these credits, 4 can be research credits taken in the final two semesters to allow students to prepare for the MA exam. The 4+1 Program is an excellent opportunity for advanced students in French or Spanish, who want to maximize their college years and better prepare for the job market.

Admission to the 4+1 Program

Students interested in pursuing the 4+1 option should apply online for admission to the graduate program by or before the start of their 4th year and should begin taking graduate-level coursework in Spanish or French by their 4th year. Student will design a plan to achieve the 4+1 in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. Interested students are encouraged to contact the Director of Graduate Studies to discuss their plans during their 2nd or early in the 3rd year of their undergraduate program.

For prospective Spanish and French 4+1 students, special scholarships are available on a competitive basis to reduce your graduate tuition by 25% facilitate and to study abroad in Spain or France before, during, or after the 3rd year of undergraduate study. 

For more information talk to any of your instructors in the Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures or contact Dr. Carlos Gutierrez at Carlos.Gutierrez@uc.edu

You can start your application here https://grad.uc.edu/admissions.html