Master's in Arabic

Master's in Arabic Online Master of Arts in Arabic Language and Linguistics

About the Master's in Arabic

Promote understanding as a translator or interpreter of Arabic.

Strengthen your Arabic language skills and develop a deep understanding of Arabic language and linguistics with a 100% online master's degree from California University of Pennsylvania.

Arabic is one of the six most widely spoken languages in the world. Through this top quality master's degree program from Cal U Global Online, you'll develop the skills to function professionally as an educator, linguist, translator or interpreter in our increasingly diverse global community.

Build understanding and communication skills in Arabic.

With Cal U's flexible, customizable master's degree program, you'll develop advanced expertise in Arabic and apply that knowledge to the discipline or profession you choose.

In Cal U's graduate program concentration in Arabic, you'll:

  • Explore Arabic as a language system, delving into important linguistic concepts such as phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics
  • Discuss issues of diglossia in Arabic-speaking countries
  • Identify linguistic and semantic differences among Arabic dialects and how culture and society shaped them• Practice translating a variety of Arabic texts
  • Survey Arabic literary texts, with a particular emphasis on understanding (and appreciating) them in their social, historical and cultural contexts

Additional Information

Program Highlights: Online Arabic Master's Degree

Beyond Borders: Cal U's 100% online Master of Arts Arabic Language ad Linguistics program lets you earn your  degree any time, from any location. Complete class assignments on the schedule that's most convenient for you.

Broad-based Experience: Students in this graduate-level program are encouraged to complete internships where they utilize their Arabic language skills in a professional setting. Transfer as many as nine credits to the program and select six credits of electives to expand your language skills and linguistic knowledge.

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Projected increase in job growth for interpreters and translators of Arabic between 2016 and 2026, much higher than the average for all occupations. SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
420 Million 
Worldwide, about 420 million people speak Arabic, making it a key language in many fields, including business, government and education.  
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Degree Benefits


  • Study with expert Cal U faculty, including native Arabic speakers.
  • Earn a master's degree from a recognized public university in Pennsylvania.
  • Enter the program in summer, fall or spring, and complete the 30-credit program in less than 16 months.
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Graduate Outcomes

Graduates of Cal U's graduate program in Arabic are positioned for careers as linguists, translators and educators in the government, business, nonprofit and military sectors. Other careers include:

  • Development program officer
  • Diplomat in Arabic-speaking countries
  • Immigration and naturalization service employee
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Policy analyst
  • Translator or interprete

Curriculum and Admission Requirements

The master's degree program at Cal U builds on your bachelor's degree in Arabic language, linguistics, Middle Eastern studies or other related disciplines. Applicants are required to demonstrate language proficiency in both Arabic and English.



Course Credits
Required Core Courses  
ARB 610  Arabic Linguistics 3
ARB 620  Arabic-English Translation  3
ARB 630  Arabic Literature and Social Culture Aspects 3
ARB 640  Arabic Dialect Acquisition and Variation 3
ARB 650  Images of Islam  3
ARB 660  Advanced Arabic Composition 3
ARB 670  Methods of Teaching and Learning Arabic  3
ARB 810  Special Topics in Arabic 3
Select 6 credits from the following:
GRA 800  Graduate Internship 3 to 6
GRA 820  Graduate Studies Abroad 3 to 6
RES 849  Thesis 3 to 6
Total 30



Admission Requirements


Regular Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Arabic language, linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, or equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.0 may apply for conditional admission).
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • GPA under 3.0 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Resume
    • American College English Program Instruction Course Requirements (up to 6 credits if required)

Provisional Admission
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Program Requirements

    • Applicants admitted to the program have to show/prove/provide a proficiency in Arabic language. The applicant has to have a BA degree, associate degree or certificate in Arabic. The applicant who does not hold any of these degrees/certificates has to score at least High intermediate or 2 in the ACTFL or ILR speaking and writing assessment tests. This requirement will be for both natives & non-natives speakers of Arabic.
    • Proof of English Language Proficiency:  All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School.  In addition to the above referenced degree/s, proficiency can also be demonstrated by:
      • TOEFL or IELTS will be required where the primary language of instruction is not English.
      • Submission of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report with a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based tests) or 76 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language.
      • Submission of an official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic Module score report with a minimum score of 6 from the International English Language Testing System or an (ITEP) score of 4.
      • Non-native speakers of English, if admitted to the program, may be required at least 6 credits of English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction during the first semester.  Assessment by faculty will determine if the student requires additional ESL courses after the first semester.  

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

For additional information:
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

Accelerated Option

Begin working toward your master's degree while completing your bachelor's. Once students in Cal U's online B.A. in Arabic Language and Cultures earn 60 credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, they can begin taking graduate-level courses and applying 40% of the graduate credits toward their bachelor's degree.

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Top Value has ranked Cal U No. 1 in Pennsylvania for value and affordability. Students in the master's degree program in Arabic may be eligible for reduced tuition or a military tuition discount.

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Transfer Option

Through an agreement with the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Cal U accepts academic credits earned through the institute's associate degree program in Modern Standard Arabic.

Arabic Language and Linguistics Faculty

Dr. Razak Abedalla-Surrey
Assistant Professor, Adviser and Program Coordinator

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Andrea Vargas Cencich
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Arcides Gonzalez
Assistant Professor

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