12 months
7176 USD/year
7176 USD/year
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The aim of the M.A. program is to prepare students to achieve an advanced knowledge of Italian language, literature, history and culture, and of the methods of scholarly research. The Italian Studies Program at California State University Long Beach exists thanks to an agreement between the Italian American community in the area and CSULB.


A combination of high standards, individualized attention, and a wide range of course offerings makes the MA in Italian Studies at California State University Long Beach an excellent choice for any profession with international reach and global interaction, particularly in the arts and arts management, fashion, design, and advertising.

Those wishing to pursue the Ph.D. in literature and cultural studies, or become teachers, translators, museum specialists, hospitality, travel, import/export, and culinary experts will all benefit from this degree.

Career Possibilities

  • Customs Inspector
  • Immigration Officer
  • Importer/Exporter
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • International Marketing Representative
  • Travel Guide Social Worker
  • Linguist
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Community Organization Worker
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • International Student Advisor
  • Educator
  • Peace Corps Worker
  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • CIA/FBI Agent

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Italy and the Idea of Europe. Nation, State, Culture, Economy, Society: 1861-Present
  • Research Methodology and Critical Theory
  • Teaching Methodology
  •  The Italian Novelistic Tradition
  • Italian Literature from Dante to Pap Khouma
  • Reading Between the Lines: Analyzing Italian Literature

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should either have a BA in Italian (with a minimum GPA of 3.0) or at least 18 units of upper-division study in Italian.
  • Applicants with extensive study or work experience in Italy who do not possess formal training in Italian Studies may be considered on a case-by-case basis for admission into the MA program.
  • Candidates must also pass the CSULB Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE).
  • A short essay (3-10 pages) in Italian that has been graded in a previous course.
  • A statement of purpose in English related to the applicant’s goals (not to exceed 2 pages single-spaced).
  • Unofficial transcripts.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • If you are not a resident of California you must add $396 to the above totals for each unit of credit you take.

Living costs for Long Beach

1400 - 2000 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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