2019 Accredited Online Spanish Degrees

Quick Facts
Accreditation: Institutional
Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
Avg Tuition: $21,735

This page features 50 online Spanish degree programs, available at the associate, bachelor's, master's, and certificate levels. The 23 schools on this list provide a variety of educational settings and program structures for all types of students. Spanish certificate and degree holders can pursue careers such as foreign language teachers, translators, interpreters, or bilingual lawyers, doctors, businessmen, or social workers.

While no specific accreditation for foreign language degrees exist, institutional accreditation for degree-offering schools is essential to ensure academic rigor and recognition in the job market.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools - Spanish Degrees ( 23)

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Andrews University HLC $28,436 Add Review
40 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • Certificate in Spanish Ministry
Arizona State University HLC $15,691 - $27,372 71% (88 reviews)
226 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • BA in Spanish
Auburn University SACS COC $29,640 100% (2 reviews)
129 Programs, 4 in Spanish (view all)
  • Ed.S. in Foreign Language Education - Spanish
  • M.Ed. in Foreign Language Education - Spanish
  • M.Ed. in Foreign Language Education - Spanish (Alternative Degree)
  • M.S. in Foreign Language Education - Spanish
Auburn University at Montgomery SACS COC $17,140 Add Review
35 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • Master of Liberal Arts - Spanish
California University of Pennsylvania MSCHE $15,326 80% (15 reviews)
108 Programs, 2 in Spanish (view all)
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Spanish for Business
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Spanish for Law Enforcement
Florida International University SACS COC $18,954 90% (10 reviews)
127 Programs, 4 in Spanish (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
  • Master of Science in Communication - Spanish-Language Journalism and Media
  • Master of Science in Communication - Spanish-Language Journalism in Latin American & Caribbean Studies
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Translation & Interpretation
Fort Valley State University SACS COC $19,738 Add Review
9 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership - Spanish for Professionals
Georgia Southern University SACS COC $17,142 Add Review
70 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies - Spanish
Georgia State University SACS COC $23,971 0% (1 review)
62 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • Associate of Arts - World Languages Pathway (Spanish)
Judson College SACS COC $17,896 Add Review
16 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • BA in Spanish
Loyola University Chicago HLC $43,078 Add Review
92 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • MSW (Bilingual Spanish)
Minnesota State University at Mankato HLC $16,216 Add Review
47 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • Master of Science in Applied Spanish for the Professions
New Mexico State University HLC $21,022 Add Review
71 Programs, 4 in Spanish (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Spanish
  • Master of Arts in Spanish - Linguistics
  • Master of Arts in Spanish - Literature
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Spanish
Northern State University HLC $11,210 Add Review
20 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Oregon State University NWCCU $29,457 43% (7 reviews)
154 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Stephen F. Austin State University SACS COC $17,676 Add Review
67 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • Bilingual Supplemental Certification
University of Central Florida SACS COC $22,467 88% (8 reviews)
124 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • Latin American Studies, BA
University of Central Missouri HLC $14,150 100% (2 reviews)
74 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • Certificate in Spanish for Healthcare Professionals
University of Maryland University College MSCHE $12,336 59% (192 reviews)
111 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Spanish for Business and the Professions
University of Massachusetts-Boston NECHE $32,985 100% (1 review)
57 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Spanish/English Translation
University of Nebraska at Kearney HLC $13,194 0% (1 review)
147 Programs, 3 in Spanish (view all)
  • Endorsement in Special Education Generalist 7-12 - World Language: Spanish
  • Master of Arts in Education - Spanish Education
  • Post-Baccalaureate Transitional Certification Program in World Language - Spanish 7-12 Subject Endorsement
University of Nebraska-Lincoln HLC $24,098 Add Review
72 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Spanish Language Teaching
University of North Alabama SACS COC $15,128 Add Review
79 Programs, 4 in Spanish (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish - Language and Culture
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish - Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish - Spanish for Commerce
University of North Carolina at Charlotte SACS COC $20,266 40% (5 reviews)
56 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Languages and Culture Studies - Translating English to Spanish
University of Southern Mississippi SACS COC $10,218 0% (1 review)
63 Programs, 1 in Spanish (view all)
  • Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages - Spanish
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee HLC $20,844 0% (1 review)
115 Programs, 6 in Spanish (view all)
  • Dual Degree MLIS & MA in Language, Literature and Translation - Professional Track: English to Spanish
  • Dual Degree MLIS & MA in Language, Literature and Translation - Professional Track: Spanish to English
  • Graduate Certificate in Translation - English to Spanish
  • Graduate Certificate in Translation - Spanish to English
Valdosta State University SACS COC $17,196 100% (7 reviews)
68 Programs, 4 in Spanish (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish - Language and Culture
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish - World Languages and Cultures
  • Certificate in Spanish for Professionals
  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Education - Foreign Language Education - Spanish

Online Spanish Degree Overview & Career Information

Spanish degrees endow graduates with Spanish language skills and cultural knowledge that will aid them in Spanish-speaking workplaces. Spanish degree programs are available online and range from associate level to master’s degree. In addition to the standard Spanish courses, students will take courses focusing on literature, film, business, and politics, all from Spanish perspectives in order to gain a broader and interdisciplinary view of the Spanish-speaking world. Oral components of the degree are important in developing proficiency in speaking and comprehending the language, so most upper-level classes are in Spanish only.

An online associate degree in Spanish will help prepare graduates for general entry-level jobs and may give them advantage in jobs where Spanish speaking skills are needed, such as jobs in areas with high levels of Spanish-speaking customers. These jobs can range from retail, to marketing, to hospitality. An online bachelor's degree in Spanish can prepare graduates for careers in international business, journalism, education, public relations, marketing, and especially as interpreters and translators. Graduates may also be prepared to take jobs in Spanish-speaking countries.

Online master's degrees in Spanish come in a variety of forms that build upon the student’s undergraduate education and train them to apply their skills in research and education. Some institutions offer online Master of Arts in Teaching of Languages, while others offer more focused Master of Arts in Spanish degrees, with concentrations in either linguistics or literature. Either online degree prepares a student for job opportunities teaching Spanish at all levels.

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Online Associate Degrees in Spanish

While online courses in Spanish are common, few schools offer fully online associate's degrees in Spanish. Hybrid programs are easier to come by, and students interested in pursuing an associate's degree can usually find programs at their local community college. Courses include beginning-to-intermediate Spanish language, introduction to Hispanic culture and Latin American civilizations, and English-to-Spanish translation. Students practice speaking, reading, writing, and oral comprehension through vocabulary memorization, verb conjugation, readings and lectures. A high school diploma or GED is necessary to enroll for an associate's degree. An associate's of arts degree in Spanish takes two years to complete, necessitating a total of 60 credits. Credits are split up between general education, including humanities, natural sciences, history, and mathematics, and specialized Spanish classes. Upon completion, the associate's degree can be used towards a four-year university degree but otherwise will only serve for limited, entry-level job positions. Those who are already mid-career may look into an associate's degree in Spanish to shore up skills in the second most-frequently-spoken language in the world in order to improve their job options and professional profile.

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Online Bachelor's Degrees in Spanish

Online bachelor's degrees in Spanish are also rare, and schools that have online courses usually offer hybrid degree programs. Minors in Spanish are very popular for those who wish to study the language in depth but also want to pursue a different field of study. A Bachelor of Arts in Spanish requires 180 credits, and establishing a foundation in the language, culture, and literature of Spanish-speaking countries. Graduates are expected to reach advanced levels of speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in the Spanish language. The credits include a liberal arts core of writing, humanities, fine arts, social science, math and sciences, with variations depending on the school. Spanish major requirements may include an internship or a study abroad through an approved partner program. Courses in the Spanish major cover a wide cultural and historical context through textual analysis of historical documents or literature, from Spain to Latin America. To pursue a bachelor's degree, students need at least a high school diploma or GED. Additional postsecondary courses taken at vocational schools or community colleges can also be transferred towards a full degree, depending on the school's requirements for transfer credits. Bachelor's degrees in Spanish qualify students for future careers as translators, interpreters, and foreign language teachers.

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Online Master's in Spanish

Online Master of Arts degrees in Spanish allow graduates to pursue an even deeper study of the language through specializations in linguistics, literature, culture, or civilization. Graduate students can also obtain assistantships in which they are paid or have their tuition covered by assisting in teaching foreign language courses. Those specializing in linguistics will take courses including Research Methods, Phonetics and Phonology, Language Teaching Methods, and Technical Translation. For the literature specialization, classes include Latin American Literature, Poetry, US Hispanic Literature, Literary Translation, Mexican Writers, and Teaching Methodology. Classes and readings are usually given in Spanish. The master's degree is 36 credits and can be completed in two years. Students must take a final oral and written exam or complete a master's thesis project in order to graduate, depending on the school. Since the master's thesis counts for credits, the non-thesis curriculum track may differ in its credit requirements. Master's degree holders can go on to become teachers at the elementary, high school, and postsecondary level. Many also go on to pursue their doctorate in linguistics or literature.

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Online Certificates in Spanish

Many different kinds of online certificates in Spanish are available according to specialization, such as in business, healthcare, or simply language studies. Most certificates are enrichment programs or fluency certificates which are not necessarily applicable towards teaching certifications or degrees. Certificates can be earned through a series of online courses, and are not meant for bilingual students who already speak Spanish. Spanish language certificates may provide a certified oral proficiency rating from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) through a final examination process. Certificates are most often sought out by professionals who wish to use Spanish in their workplace, or even for travel or socializing.

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The Importance of an Accredited Online Spanish Degree

When researching and applying to online Spanish degree programs, it is important for students to research the accreditation of the institutions they are considering attending. Accreditation is a voluntary process by which a school is vetted by an external organization that assesses the extent to which the education offered at the school meets established national standards. The United States Department of Education recognizes specific accreditation agencies as being qualified to make such assessments. 

Because there is no programmatic accreditation for Spanish degree programs, students should prioritize regional accreditation of their prospective institutions when deciding what program to attend. Regional accreditation is given by one of six regional agencies that focus specifically on traditional non-profit educational institutions. Regional accreditation differs from both national and programmatic accreditation, as the latter two accredit non-traditional and for-profit institutions, and individual programs, respectively. Regional accreditation is the most esteemed of the types of accreditation. The acceptance of degrees or transfer credits is highly dependent on the standards of each regionally accredited institution, though most accept transfers from other regionally accredited institutions. Though national accreditation is also recognized as legitimate, some regionally accredited institutions may choose not to accept credit transfers from nationally accredited schools.

Careers in Spanish

People with online degrees in Spanish may pursue careers as foreign language teachers, translators, and interpreters, all of which require a bachelor's degree, at minimum. Foreign language teachers work in elementary, middle, and high schools as well as at the university level and in the private sector. They must plan classes and exams, and employ language learning methodologies which they learn at the bachelor's and master's degree level. Additional teaching certifications and licenses may be necessary depending upon the state and institution in which the teacher works.

Translating and interpreting job opportunities are projected to increase 29 percent in the next ten years, much faster than average job growth, due to large increases in non-English speaking populations in the US and globalizing markets. Job applicants must speak English and another language with near-native fluency, in addition to having on-the-job training and at least a bachelor's degree. Because Spanish is so widely spoken, professionals find Spanish language skills useful in almost any occupation, from business and tourism to healthcare and social work.


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