Master of Arts in Second Languages

The Master of Arts in Second Languages is a 33 semester-hour program designed to provide graduate academic preparation for individuals interested in foreign languages and English as a second language (ESL) in various settings across the state, the nation, and in international venues.

The second language acquisition and pedagogy degree engages students in work related to how languages are learned and techniques needed to present languages to others.

Limited assistantships are available on a competitive basis.

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Admisson Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education (at least 24 hours of Spanish or equivalent for the Spanish option)
  • Completed application to the UALR Graduate School
  • 3 letters of reference about academic/professional experience
  • Personal interview with the MASL Graduate Faculty
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 with 3.0 in last 60 hours.
  • GRE score of 600 on verbal and 400 quantitative or MAT score of 413 (previously 55)

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion and oral defense of thesis
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0

MASL Graduate Faculty

Andrew J. Deiser

Associate Professor of Spanish
PhD, Indiana University

Stephanie A. Dhonau

Assistant Professor of Second Language Education
EdD, University of Arkansas at Little Rock


Erin Finzer

Assistant Professor of Spanish
PhD, University of Kansas 


Alan D. Lytle

Adjunct Assistant Professor of ESL
Director of IELP
EdD, University of Arkansas at Little Rock