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 PennWest California.

Arabic is one of the six most widely spoken languages in the world. Through this top quality master's degree program from PennWest California 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 PennWest California'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 PennWest California'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: PennWest California'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 PennWest California 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 PennWest California'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 PennWest California 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

  • Regionally Accredited Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
  • Proof of Arabic Language Proficiency
    • Applicants must have Arabic Language Proficiency. The applicant must have a BA degree, associate degree, or certificate in Arabic; provide proof that studies were conducted in an Arabic Language; or provide National Identification when the applicant is a Native Speaker. Applicants who do not hold degrees/certificates should score at least High Intermediate or 2 in the ACTFL, ILR, or provide DLPT scores; both speaking and writing assessment tests are required.
    • Waived for Native Arabic speakers (proof of citizenship or review of bachelor’s degree transcript may be required)
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
    • Waived for those who hold a bachelor’s degree transcript where English was the primary medium of instruction
    • Waived for US Citizens with proof of citizenship
    • Minimum TOEFL, IELTS, ITEP OR Duolingo scores are required for those that do not meet the US Citizenship or English language degree requirements above

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Regionally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of a 2.8-2.99 will be conditionally admitted with the stipulation of earning a 3.0 GPA in the first term
    • Regionally accredited bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.79 and below will be reviewed for a decision once the following documentation has been received:
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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.

How to apply:

  • Complete the Graduate School Application
  • Submit the nonrefundable $35 Application Fee
  • Submit required documentation by mail or email:
    • Mail:

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


Accelerated Option

Begin working toward your master's degree while completing your bachelor's. Once students in PennWest California'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 PennWest California 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, PennWest California 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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Dr. Andrea Vargas Cencich
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Arcides Gonzalez
Assistant Professor

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