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2022 Best Romance Languages Master's Degree Schools

121 Colleges in the United States
1,098 Master's Degrees
Romance Languages is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #106 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.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 121 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for romance languages students pursuing a master's degree. Combined, these schools handed out 1,098 master's degrees in romance languages to qualified students.

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

Best Romance Languages Master's Degree Schools Your choice of romance languages for getting your master's degree school matters. Important measures of a quality romance 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

The overall quality of a master's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a school's overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking which itself looks at a combination of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 32% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 13%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 135 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Early-Career Earnings

One measure we use to determine the quality of a school is to look at the average salary of master's graduates during the early years of their career. That is, everyone wants their master's degree to be worth something, and salaries are one measure of determining that.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to romance languages students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other romance languages students want to attend this school to pursue a master's degree.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for romance languages to pay back their student loans after receiving their master's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized romance languages related body.

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

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Romance Languages Master's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for romance languages students seeking a a master's degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

18 Top Schools for a Master's in Romance Languages

38 Annual Graduates

Columbia University in the City of New York is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a master's degree in romance languages. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #21 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 38 romance languages students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year.

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#2

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
7 Annual Graduates

University of Notre Dame is a great choice for individuals pursuing a master's degree in romance languages. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #13 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were roughly 7 romance languages students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year.

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#3

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
2 Annual Graduates

It's difficult to beat Northwestern University if you wish to pursue a master's degree in romance languages. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #9 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

Northwestern University is a fairly popular university to study romance languages in the United States with roughly 2 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#4

Duke University

Durham, NC
6 Annual Graduates

It's difficult to beat Duke University if you want to pursue a master's degree in romance languages. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Durham. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #7 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

Duke University is a fairly popular university to study romance languages in the United States with about 6 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#5

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
7 Annual Graduates

Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #19 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 7 romance languages students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent data year.

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#6

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT
79 Annual Graduates
$20,500 Median Student Debt

Middlebury is a small private not-for-profit college located in the town of Middlebury. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #22 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Middlebury is a great college overall.

There were approximately 79 romance languages students who graduated with this degree at Middlebury in the most recent year we have data available. After graduating, romance languages master's recipients generally earn around $37,100 at the beginning of their careers.

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#7

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
10 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. This college ranks 7th out of 49 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 10 romance languages students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent year we have data available.

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#8

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
6 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 29 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were roughly 6 romance languages individuals who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent data year.

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#9

New York University

New York, NY
33 Annual Graduates

NYU is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. This university ranks 5th out of 96 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 33 romance languages individuals who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent year we have data available.

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#10

Brown University

Providence, RI
3 Annual Graduates

Brown is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Providence. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #29 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 3 romance languages students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent year we have data available.

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#11

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
6 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #33 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were about 6 romance languages individuals who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent year we have data available.

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16 Annual Graduates

Located in the distant town of Kearney, UNK is a public university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 4th out of 16 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Nebraska.

There were approximately 16 romance languages individuals who graduated with this degree at UNK in the most recent data year.

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16 Annual Graduates

UT Austin is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Austin. This university ranks 2nd out of 65 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Texas.

With 16 students who graduated from this program in the most recent year we have data available, The University of Texas at Austin is one of the most popular universities to study romance languages in the United States.

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8 Annual Graduates

UCLA is a very large public university located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #27 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means UCLA is a great university overall.

University of California - Los Angeles is a fairly popular university to study romance languages in the United States with roughly 8 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#15

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA
6 Annual Graduates

GaSou is a very large public university located in the town of Statesboro. This university ranks 7th out of 35 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Georgia.

Georgia Southern University is one of the most popular universities to study romance languages in the United States with about 6 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#16

Tufts University

Medford, MA
1 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #31 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Tufts is a great university overall.

Tufts University is a fairly popular university to study romance languages in the United States with about 1 graduations in the most recent data year.

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15 Annual Graduates

UW - Madison is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Madison. This university ranks 1st out of 31 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were approximately 15 romance languages individuals who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent year we have data available.

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#18

Boston University

Boston, MA
3 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 8th out of 49 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

Boston University is a fairly popular university to study romance languages in the United States with about 3 graduates in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top Best Romance Languages Master's Degree Schools

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Romance Languages students that almost earned our Best Romance Languages Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
19 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
20 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
21 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
22 Auburn University Auburn, AL
23 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
24 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
25 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ

Romance Languages by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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One of 17 majors within the Foreign Languages & Linguistics area of study, Romance Languages has other similar majors worth exploring.

Romance Languages Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Spanish Language & Literature 660
French Language & Literature 230
General Romance Languages 86
Italian Language & Literature 42
General Hispanic & Latin American Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics 35
Other Romance Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics 35
Portuguese 10

Related Major Annual Graduates
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 1,133
Classical Languages & Literature 174
East Asian Languages 145
American Sign Language 112
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 92
Germanic Languages 86
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 48
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 39
Second Language Learning 23
Native American Languages 12

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 Susana Freixeiro. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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