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Italian, M.A.

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  • 24 months
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The Italian program of San Francisco State University emphasizes Italianistica (Italian Studies), and individual authors from the Middle Ages to the present. The history of Italian literature is taught through linguistic and thematic development in relation to larger European and extra-European contexts. Close textual analyses that includes the study of stylistics, rhetoric, semantics, and syntax are a part of graduate seminars, but courses naturally provide useful background knowledge related to topics in art, history, music, and philosophy. 

The M.A. program requires students to deepen their knowledge of genres and literary periods, which they undertake in courses taught in Italian. This fact enables them to reach superior language competency in spoken and written Italian. Many of our graduates teach in secondary schools and community colleges or continue their studies for the Ph.D.

Career paths

Many students study Italian to become language teachers. Others, studying music, art, film, archaeology, international relations, history, business, and comparative literature, as well as students planning to become translators and interpreters have discovered the usefulness of Italian.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Italian Theatre
  • Italian Women Writers: 13th to 20th Centuries
  • Divina Commedia
  • Great Figures in Italian Literature
  • Italian Literature on Film in English
  • Seminar: Italian Literature of the 19th Century

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • An analytical Statement of Purpose in English of approximately 500 words, which should be accompanied by
  • A second version written in Italian; (the two Statements of Purpose are required for admission to show proficiency in writing at the graduate level);
  • Official proof of the applicant’s score on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination).
  • English language proficiency (international students)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
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