San Francisco State University

24 months
8704 USD/year
8704 USD/year
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The Italian program of San Francisco State University stresses the study of literature and culture.


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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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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