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.

For more information about the degree program, email Dr. Stephanie Dhonau


Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale) or 3.0 in the last 60 hours
  • Completed application to the UALR Graduate School
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from those familiar with the applicant’s academic experience or relevant work experience.
  • A writing sample from previous coursework or professional writing samples approved by the graduate coordinator. You should also include a professional Statement (300-500 words) in which you state your reasons, goals, and preparation with regard to our graduate program.  These documents are submitted directly to the Graduate Coordinator.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion and oral defense of thesis or professional portfolio
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
For more information about the program of study, please click here.

MASL Program Graduate Coordinator

Stephanie Dhonau

Associate Professor of Second Language Education
EdD, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
sadhonau@ualr.edu

MASL Graduate Faculty

Andrew J. Deiser

Associate Professor of Spanish
PhD, Indiana University
ajdeiser@ualr.edu

Stephanie A. Dhonau

Associate Professor of Second Language Education
EdD, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
sadhonau@ualr.edu

Erin Finzer

Associate Professor of Spanish
PhD, University of Kansas
esfinzer@ualr.edu 

Theresa Warner

Assistant Professor of Spanish
PhD,  Temple University
tawarner@ualr.edu