The Italian Department offers an M.A. in Italian Studies that gives students:

  • A broad in-depth knowledge of Italian culture
  • High proficiency in Italian language
  • Opportunities for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary study
  • Overseas study and cultural immersion
  • Career options in the academic or professional fields

The program takes into consideration students’ different needs and interests and offers two specialization options that revolve around a common core curriculum, which aids students in the transition from undergraduate to graduate-level work by introducing them to methodology and major trends in critical and cultural theory.

One program option is designed for students seeking the solid academic preparation needed to enter a doctoral program. The second option is dedicated to either current teachers who seek a graduate degree or those seeking to enter the teaching profession at the secondary level, or, more in general, those interested in second language acquisition, teaching and pedagogy.

For additional information on the M.A. program, please see our webpage or contact Professor Gianni Cicali, Director of Graduate Studies.

Degrees Offered

  • M.A.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2021

March 1, 2021 (scholarship consideration)

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions How to Apply page.


Please be sure to review the program’s website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials Required:

  • Application form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our How to Apply page for additional details and FAQs.
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • TOEFL/IELTS ( minimum score of 550 for paper-based test/80 for internet test for TOEFL; minimum 7.0 for IELTS)
  • Italian Writing Sample
  • The Admissions process will also include a telephone interview.

Degree Requirements

The M.A. degree program includes a semester abroad at an Italian university, an optional summer not-for-credit internship in Italy, a required thesis-writing seminar, (considered part of the core curriculum) and a Master’s thesis.

Students are required to spend a semester abroad at one of our partner universities in Italy such as Università per Stranieri di Siena.

An optional internship during the summer is also a component of the M.A. program. The Italian Department has already secured internship commitments from leading cultural organizations and financial and commercial firms.

Please see the Italian Studies website for more degree requirements.