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Program Details: Course and Credit Requirements

Spanish Education, M.S.

Face to face, blended and online courses. Residency required.

This program is primarily for teachers of Spanish who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in the language and in increasing their proficiency. The degree requires courses totaling 30 credits (with thesis) or 34 credits (with alternate plan paper). Fifty percent (50%) of the credits must be taken at the 600 level, excluding thesis or APP credits. 

This degree does not lead to teaching licensure. Students who desire initial licensure should consult the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program (

Thesis Plan - 30 credit program

Alternate Plan Paper (APP) - 34 credit program

Required Spanish (18 - 22 credits)

Choose any 500/600 level Spanish courses selected in consultation with an advisor. 

Required Professional Education (6 credits)

Choose any 500/600 level Professional Education courses selected in consultation with an advisor. 

Electives (0 - 6 credits)

Choose any 500/600 level elective courses selected in consultation with an advisor. 

Required Thesis or Alternate Plan Paper

SPAN 694 Alternate Plan Paper (1-2 cr.)

SPAN 699 Thesis (3-4 cr.)

Course Offerings

The number of Spanish graduate courses offered in the summer, fall and spring semesters vary. 

We will offer at least 2 online courses (4 - 6 credits) both Fall and Spring semesters that meet requirements for the Spanish for the Professions M.S. program.

For on-campus graduate students, we have a variety of courses, some of which are traditional classroom courses and others that are hybrid (blended) or online courses depending upon semesters or course selected. The topics and type of course delivery depends on the course materials and instructor. 

For course descriptions, see the current Graduate Program Bulletin.

To see the current semester’s course offerings visit the Minnesota State Mankato class schedule.