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Master of Arts (Spanish)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students via distance learning

Extend your Spanish experience

The prestigious Master of Arts (Spanish) will advance your skills of analysis and expression in Spanish.

Find out more about the Master of Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

A Master of Arts (Spanish) will give you knowledge of Spanish language and the culture of countries where Spanish is widely spoken. It incorporates current methodological approaches to enhance your analytical tools to think critically about a range of subject areas in Hispanic studies, such as literature, translation and cultural studies.

Undertake supervised research

A key focus of the Master of Arts (Spanish) is supervised research in Hispanic literary and cultural studies. This is your opportunity to express your intellectual independence through a thesis on a topic that has captured your attention throughout your studies. You’ll continue to develop your language skills in Spanish and advance your ability to develop critical arguments in Spanish. For part-time students we recommend you start with 245.700 Advanced Spanish Communication.

Combine flexible study with personalised supervision

The Master of Arts (Spanish) is offered in distance mode, so you can fit your studies around your life. Your thesis will be individually supervised by one of our award-winning teachers and researchers, who will give you support and guidance every step of the way.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in Spanish
  • Would like to continue your Spanish language experience
  • Have a Spanish language, culture or literature topic that you wish to explore through research


The most significant international language after English is Spanish; it’s spoken in more than 20 Latin American nations as well as in Oceania, Asia and Africa.

Spanish is also spoken by more than 40 million people in the United States, where it’s the most important community language. This means that international demand for Spanish speakers and researchers is growing, with graduates working in areas such as international business and customer relations.

The demand for Spanish teachers and academics is also significant.

Earn more

A 2016 Ministry of Education report, The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • Young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 19% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

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