Master of Art Programs in Language Studies

Compare 83 MA Programs in Language Studies

If a scholar wants to continue studying after earning a bachelor’s degree, he or she may start a Master of Arts. This graduate-level program usually takes between one and two years to complete and often focuses on liberal or fine arts.

What is an MA in Language Studies? Language studies can take on different forms at different schools. For example, some universities may allow scholars to study a specific language while others may give students a broader understanding of linguistics. These programs usually provide participants with practical language training as well as a conceptual understanding of theories and histories. The core topics covered could include language studies research, culture studies, literature and society, language in society, second language teaching methodology, and other linguistics-related courses.

This language-oriented study gives students enviable communication skills and cultural awareness that can make a person empathetic and personable. Participants may also become more organized thanks to the required research projects. The high-level organization skills could be attractive to employers.

Before applying, students may want to know how much this type of master’s degree costs. Tuition can vary based on the school, its location, the duration of the program and the year of study. The best way to get an accurate estimate is to contact a school directly.

Scholars who have an MA in Language Studies may be prepared for a wide variety of careers. For example, students have gone on to become translators, interpreters, journalists, professors, humanitarians, human resource officers, tutors, financial associates and international travel consultants. While this education does provide a person with a lot of transferable skills, some graduates choose to use it as a base for even more schooling.

No matter where people are in the world, they may be able to study for an MA in Language Studies. Universities around the globe offer this degree both online and on campus. Learning more is easy. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

 

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MA Interpreting and Translating (European)

University of Bath
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Claverton Down

MA Interpreting and Translating (European) [+]

50 years of teaching excellence

MA Interpreting and Translating at Bath has been running for over 50 years and is highly respected internationally for the quality of the training.

The course covers professional translation and different types of interpreting, including simultaneous and consecutive interpreting and liaison in public and commercial settings. Students have access to the latest digital interpreting suites and participate in mini-conferences to put skills into practice, holding debates on controversial topics and acting as both delegate and interpreter.

Learning from professional translators and interpreters

Our courses are taught by highly experienced tutors who previously or currently work as professional translators, editors, translation managers or professional interpreters. They'll share a wealth of experience with you and provide useful connections, including potential job opportunities.... [-]


MA in Translation and Interpreting

Swansea University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom Swansea + 1 more

The MA in Translation and Interpreting (MATI) is a specialized variant, with special emphasis on interpreting skills, of our established MA in Professional Translation. It is an integrated programme designed to turn entrants with proven excellence in foreign languages into successful and marketable professional linguists. [+]

The MA in Translation and Interpreting (MATI) is a specialized variant, with special emphasis on interpreting skills, of our established MA in Professional Translation. It is an integrated programme designed to turn entrants with proven excellence in foreign languages into successful and marketable professional linguists.

Key Features

At the core of the MATI lies advanced translation work on general, administrative and technical text types, interpreting (in one or two of the following environments: local government, health, police, and court), and training in industry-standard Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) tools. Part 1 of the degree also includes opportunities to develop further specialised skills in interpreting, audiovisual translation, machine translation (MT) and software localization, terminology management, video making or digital publishing, while in the Translation Work Experience module students form simulated translation companies, working with local translation businesses, and undertake real commissions to professional standards and deadlines.... [-]


MA in European Master in Sign Language Interpreting

Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time 5 semesters October 2018 Germany Magdeburg

EUMASLI is an innovative European Master’s programme for sign language interpreters, which has been developed by three universities in Germany, Finland and Great Britain as part of an EU Erasmus funded programme, and has been offered jointly by them since January 2009. [+]

No restricted admissionPlease note: extra-occupational part-time studies special admission requirements tuition fee required Start with studies

The programme begins each winter semester.

Programme objectives

Organisation EUMASLI is an innovative European Master’s programme for sign language interpreters, which has been developed by three universities in Germany, Finland and Great Britain as part of an EU Erasmus funded programme, and has been offered jointly by them since January 2009. EUMASLI is a part-time continuing education program (90 ECTS over 5 semesters). EUMASLI 1.3K14 EUMASLI – European Master in Sign Language Interpreting – is an innovative international master study programme that is intended to contribute to the development of the professional field of interpreting between deaf and hearing people by bringing together sign language interpreters from across the world. It aims to prepare participants for research, development, and management functions in their respective countries. For any questions, contact the programme coordinator Svenja Wurm. Follow what’s been said of EUMASLI on social media, #eumasli and #eumasli3.... [-]


MA in Translation

Goldsmiths, University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This course responds to the increasing need for a globalised, interconnected world for highly qualified translators who can navigate different genres of text and negotiate the language needs of diverse audiences and industries. [+]

This course responds to the increasing need for a globalised, interconnected world for highly qualified translators who can navigate different genres of text and negotiate the language needs of diverse audiences and industries.

"Without translation, we would be living in provinces bordering on silence" - George Steiner

Based in a truly global city, Goldsmiths’ location makes it the perfect place to study translation.

You will study the theory and practice of translation, giving you the expertise to compete for work as a professional translator. Study in a department with expertise in linguistics, creative writing, and literary studies, with the option to tailor your studies and explore areas in other departments relevant to your own interests.... [-]


Mass Media Translation MA

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Campus Full time Part time 18 - 30 months September 2018 China Suzhou + 1 more

The MA Mass Media Translation programme is designed to cater to the needs of both practitioners and those aspiring to pursue research in translation studies. The theoretical modules are intended to lay a stepping stone for those who wish to conduct further research in translation studies, or who are committed to a career in the discipline, whilst the practical modules aim to help students strengthen their skills in critical thinking, develop their bilingual and bicultural sensibilities and improve their translation, linguistics and bilingual media communication skills. [+]

Overview

The MA Mass Media Translation programme is designed to cater to the needs of both practitioners and those aspiring to pursue research in translation studies. The theoretical modules are intended to lay a stepping stone for those who wish to conduct further research in translation studies, or who are committed to a career in the discipline, whilst the practical modules aim to help students strengthen their skills in critical thinking, develop their bilingual and bicultural sensibilities and improve their translation, linguistics and bilingual media communication skills.

Unique selling points

The first MA in Mainland China specialised in bilingual media communication and translation training. A wide range of theoretical and practical modules to choose from. Taught by academic staff members of the translation and media and communication studies programmes, as well as other experts in the field. ... [-]

Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS)

Georgetown University - SFS - School of Foreign Service
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 USA Washington

Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS) educates researchers, practitioners, and activists on the language, history, culture, politics and economics of the contemporary Arab world. [+]

Our renowned Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS) program offers comprehensive interdisciplinary training in the politics, culture, history, economics, and language of the contemporary Arab Middle East and North Africa, as well as rigorous Arabic language training. Students design a program of study that allows them to develop expertise on the pressing issues relevant to the Middle East and North Africa today in one of five concentration areas: Politics, Culture and Society, Development, History, or Women and Gender. In addition to their main concentration, students select options from the full range of courses in Middle East Studies offered at Georgetown. The MAAS program further cultivates an in-depth understanding of the region through the program’s intensive Arabic instruction, which allows our students to reach proficiency level. Students have the unique opportunity to deepen their language skills by opting to take courses taught entirely in Arabic.... [-]


MA in English Studies

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg FAU
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2018 Germany Erlangen Nuremberg + 1 more

The idiomatic element of language: construction grammar, valency theory, research on collocation and idiomaticity. [+]

Contents of the degree programme

The FAU Master of Arts English Studies is a degree programme with a focus on research. It offers an in-depth study of the English language and the literature and cultures of Great Britain and Ireland (as well as other English speaking countries). The course of study is modularised and encourages a specialisation in one of the two following fields:

Specialisation Culture and Literature

Introductory module: Culture / Linguistics / Literature Elective module Core module: Culture / Linguistics / Literature Master’s module Wildcard Master’s thesis

Specialisation Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

The idiomatic element of language: construction grammar, valency theory, research on collocation and idiomaticity Foreign language teaching: lexicography, grammar, contrastive linguistics, speech perception and production, literacy development, bilingualism and bilingual education First and second language acquisition and research on learner language Corpus linguistics The English language: history and variation ... [-]

Master of Arts in European and Eurasian Studies

The George Washington University - Elliott School Of International Affairs
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA Washington + 1 more

The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in European and Eurasian Studies (EES) provides students with an interdisciplinary approach that is vital for a deep understanding of these important regions. [+]

In the vast geopolitical realm that stretches from the British Isles to Siberia and from the Nordic regions to the Mediterranean, powerful forces are pushing for political, social, and economic change. EU member states and their neighbors confront a host of domestic challenges ranging from economic reform and social diversity to terrorism and separatism. Russia and other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States stand at different points along the path of transition from communism to new political institutions.

A web of political, economic, security and societal connections increasingly links various parts of Europe and Eurasia with one another, as well as with the wider global community. In view of these dynamic interactions, it is essential to study Europe and Eurasia in conjunction with each other. The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in European and Eurasian Studies (EES) provides students with an interdisciplinary approach that is vital for a deep understanding of these important regions. The EES curriculum combines required courses with a variety of electives that allow students to pursue individual professional goals and intellectual interests. This multifaceted program encompasses academic approaches to European and Eurasian affairs and develops practical analytical skills that are essential in the professional world of international affairs.... [-]


M.A. in Arabic & Islamic Studies

Georgetown University - Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 USA Washington + 1 more

The Arabic and Islamic Studies M.A. program at Georgetown seeks to advance knowledge and understanding of classical and modern Islamic thought and to provide an understanding of Arabophone culture and intellectual history in the pre-modern and modern periods. With a special emphasis on Arabic textual traditions, the program offers graduate training in the study of the languages, literature, and thought of the Islamic world, and introduces students to scholarly approaches to the study of Islam. [+]

The Arabic and Islamic Studies M.A. program at Georgetown seeks to advance knowledge and understanding of classical and modern Islamic thought and to provide an understanding of Arabophone culture and intellectual history in the pre-modern and modern periods. With a special emphasis on Arabic textual traditions, the program offers graduate training in the study of the languages, literature, and thought of the Islamic world, and introduces students to scholarly approaches to the study of Islam.

Entering students are required to have Arabic language competence equivalent to at least that attained by the end of the third year of intensive language study in the undergraduate program at Georgetown University. In the first week of their first academic year, students who are non-native Arabic speakers are required to take an Arabic language exam administered by the department.... [-]


MA in German with Teaching Licensure

Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Full time 2 - 3 years September 2018 USA Medford

The M.A. in German with Teaching Licensure is offered by the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies in conjunction with the Education department and is designed to prepare highly qualified secondary school teachers. [+]

The M.A. in German with Teaching Licensure is offered by the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies in conjunction with the Education Department and is designed to prepare highly qualified secondary school teachers.

Students in the program will study the literature, history, thought, and contemporary society of German-speaking countries. They will develop both strong language competency and the ability to conduct original research and write graduate-level research papers. Through courses from the Education Department at Tufts, students will also acquire knowledge of pedagogical theory, best practices, current issues in education, and adolescent development.

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Master in English Studies

University of Helsinki
Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Finland Helsinki

The Master’s programme in English Studies helps you develop your expertise in areas that are often separated in other programmes: English language and linguistics, literature in English, and the teaching of English. Upon graduation, you will have an excellent command of the English language. By working in a stimulating environment with accomplished researchers and teachers, you will also develop other skills needed in your future careers, such as skills in presentation, independent and group work, and project management. [+]

How did Eng­lish Be­come a World Lan­guage?

The Master’s programme in English Studies helps you develop your expertise in areas that are often separated in other programmes: English language and linguistics, literature in English, and the teaching of English. Upon graduation, you will have an excellent command of the English language. By working in a stimulating environment with accomplished researchers and teachers, you will also develop other skills needed in your future careers, such as skills in presentation, independent and group work, and project management.

Goal of the pro­gramme

The Master’s programme in English Studies helps you develop your expertise in areas that are often separated in other programmes: English language and linguistics, literature in English, and the teaching of English. Upon graduation, you will have an excellent command of the English language. By working in a stimulating environment with accomplished researchers and teachers, you will also develop other skills needed in your future careers, such as skills in presentation, independent and group work, and project management.... [-]


MA in Italian language, literature and culture

USI Università della Svizzera italiana
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2018 Switzerland Lugano

The Master in Italian language, literature and culture is offered by the Institute for Italian Studies (ISI) of the Università della Svizzera italiana, USI in Lugano. The full-time study programme is offered entirely in Italian and comprises 120 ECTS (for a usual duration of 2 years). An agreement signed on April 4th 2011 estabilishes the equivalence between the Master in Italian language, literature and culture (USI) and the Laurea magistrale "Filologia moderna. Scienze della letteratura, del teatro e del cinema" (Università degli Studi di Pavia). [+]

The study programme of the Master covers three main subject areas: Italian language / Italian and comparative literature / Arts, history and culture, within a holistic framework encouraging the encounter of expertise from different academic fields. Italian literature, the central subject of the Master, is taught with constant reference to the culture in which it has been produced and studied.

The teaching staff includes internationally renowned scholars with outstanding research records in the various fields. Learning benefits from the linguistic and cultural situation in Ticino, an Italian speaking environment open to multilingualism, and from the excellent study conditions at Università Della Svizzera Italiana.... [-]


M.A. Russian and East Central European Studies

University of Passau
Campus Full time 4 - 6 semesters October 2018 Germany Passau

The interdisciplinary Master's programme in Russian and East Central European Studies combines historical, literary and cultural studies of the countries and cultures of Eastern Europe. [+]

The M.A. Russian and East Central European Studies is a research-oriented, interdisciplinary degree programme. Its aim is to equip students with profound knowledge of the countries and cultures of Eastern Europe by placing the focus on historical, literary and cultural studies. You will also acquire methodological, theoretical and applied skills as you progress through your degree studies. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to learn or perfect your Czech, Polish and/or Russian language skills by making use of the relevant Language Centre courses. As the programme is focused on Eastern Europe, you will gain essential knowledge of one of the world's primary growing regions.

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MA in Chinese Language and Culture

The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Washington

The Master of Arts degree in Chinese Language and Culture (CLC) offers students the opportunity to deepen intellectual and cultural understanding of China as well as to learn the Chinese language. It prepares students for careers in various fields such as academia, consulting, government, business, non-profit, or education. [+]

The Master of Arts degree in Chinese Language and Culture (CLC) offers students the opportunity to deepen intellectual and cultural understanding of China as well as to learn the Chinese language. It prepares students for careers in various fields such as academia, consulting, government, business, non-profit, or education.

Being in the heart of the nation’s capital, our program allows students the opportunity to interact with many leading organizations, business headquarters, consulting firms, and government and media agencies based in DC. Students can enrich their learning experiences with additional activities:

Visiting the U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, State Department, World Bank, IMF, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian museums, the Chinese Embassy, and many world famous places in DC. Working with government agencies or non-profit organizations to complete a capstone project or MA thesis on China-related topics Working as a volunteer or an intern to gain professional experience in CCTV-Washington Station, Asia Society, or Asia-related education programs at museums Attending talks, seminars, and conferences at the nearby universities and centers, including GW Sigur Center’s lectures and talks on China and Asia. Building a professional network to support career opportunities. Degree Requirements ... [-]

Master of Arts in Translation Studies

Africa International University
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 2 - 3 years May 2019 Kenya Nairobi + 1 more

This program provides for the professional development needs of practicing translators, translation project leaders, and translation consultants involved in the translation of the Bible and related material. [+]

Master of Arts in Translation Studies

This program provides for the professional development needs of practicing translators, translation project leaders, and translation consultants involved in the translation of the Bible and related material.

Biblical translation is an interdisciplinary task, and our program integrates training in Biblical languages, exegesis, translation principles, consulting, translation project management, and areas of linguistics directly relevant to Bible translation.

Admission requirements An undergraduate degree in any area of specialization from an accredited institution of higher learning with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, or a degree awarded with first class or upper second class honors, or its equivalent. Applicants with 2.75 cumulative grade point average or higher or second-class lower division or its equivalent should have at least two years of relevant experience after graduation. An applicant who does not meet the above requirements must present an undergraduate degree in any area of specialization and a Postgraduate Diploma in the relevant area of study from an accredited institution of higher learning with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, or its equivalent. ... [-]