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2022 Best Modern Languages Master's Degree Schools

28 Colleges in the United States
251 Master's Degrees
Modern Languages is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #365 most popular master's degree program in the country. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

College Factual looked at 28 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Modern Languages Master's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 251 master's degrees in modern languages to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Modern Languages School for Your Master's Degree

Best Modern Languages Master's Degree Schools The modern languages master's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality modern languages program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 37% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 461 to 92 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on modern languages students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other modern languages students want to attend this school to pursue a master's degree.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized modern languages related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for modern languages students working on their master's degree.

More Ways to Rank Modern Languages Schools

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Modern Languages Master's Degree Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Modern Languages in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for modern languages students seeking a a master's degree.

10 Top Schools for a Master's in Modern Languages

#1

New York University

New York, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY
6 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a master's degree in modern languages has to check out New York University. Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #40 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means NYU is a great university overall.

There were approximately 6 modern languages students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In DE
5 Annual Graduates

It's hard to beat University of Delaware if you wish to pursue a master's degree in modern languages. UD is a fairly large public university located in the large suburb of Newark. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #132 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means UD is a great university overall.

There were approximately 5 modern languages students who graduated with this degree at UD in the most recent year we have data available.

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#3

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
2 Annual Graduates

Virginia Tech is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a master's degree in modern languages. Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #52 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Virginia Tech is a great school overall.

There were about 2 modern languages students who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent year we have data available.

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#4

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In KS
11 Annual Graduates

Kansas State University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a master's degree in modern languages. K -State is a fairly large public university located in the city of Manhattan. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #253 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means K -State is a great university overall.

There were about 11 modern languages students who graduated with this degree at K -State in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IL
9 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #260 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Illinois State is a great university overall.

There were roughly 9 modern languages students who graduated with this degree at Illinois State in the most recent year we have data available.

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#6

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In WI
4 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #114 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Marquette is a great university overall.

With 4 students who completed this degree in the most recent data year, Marquette University is one of the most popular universities to study modern languages in the United States.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MO
5 Annual Graduates

Mizzou is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Columbia. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #173 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Mizzou is a great university overall.

There were roughly 5 modern languages students who graduated with this degree at Mizzou in the most recent data year.

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#8

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IN
3 Annual Graduates

Purdue is a fairly large public university located in the city of West Lafayette. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #75 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Purdue is a great university overall.

There were roughly 3 modern languages individuals who graduated with this degree at Purdue in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NE
9 Annual Graduates

UNL is a fairly large public university located in the city of Lincoln. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #175 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means UNL is a great university overall.

There were about 9 modern languages individuals who graduated with this degree at UNL in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a master’s in modern languages from University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CO
9 Annual Graduates

Colorado State is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Fort Collins. This university ranks 5th out of 22 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Colorado.

There were about 9 modern languages individuals who graduated with this degree at Colorado State in the most recent data year.

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One of 5 majors within the Linguistics & Comparative Literature area of study, Modern Languages has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Modern Languages

Related Major Annual Graduates
Linguistics 456
Language Translation 154
Comparative Literature 145
Applied Linguistics 100
Other Linguistic, Comparative, & Related Language Studies & Services 27

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Pandit Rahul Sanskrutayan, Banshidhar Mohanty. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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