Online Master's in Arabic Language and Linguistics

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Arabic Language and Linguistics

Gain specialized knowledge needed to enter an Arabic-related career

The online Master's in Arabic Language and Culture prepares you to communicate with approximately 420 million Arabic-speaking people around the world.

Arabic is one of the six most widely spoken languages in the world. With PennWest’s online master’s in Arabic and linguistic studies, you’ll develop the skills to excel professionally as an educator, linguist, translator or interpreter in our increasingly diverse global community.

Throughout the course of this 30-credit program, you’ll be encouraged to explore Arabic as a language system, delving into linguistic concepts such as phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Under the guidance of expert faculty, including native Arabic speakers, you’ll learn to understand differences among Arabic dialects and survey literary texts as a means of understanding their social, historical and cultural contexts. An internship will further develop your Arabic language skills in a professional setting.

With your master’s in Arabic and Linguistics in hand, you’ll have the specialized knowledge and capabilities you need to enter a variety of Arabic-related career pathways.

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420 million

Approximate number of Arabic-speaking people in the world.

In Demand

Arabic is a key language in many fields, including business, government and education.

Flexible and Accessible

Earn your master’s degree online, and on your time.

Fast Facts


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth for interpreters and translators of Arabic to be much higher than the average for all occupations between 2016 and 2026.




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Careers and Salaries

Graduates of PennWest’s online master’s in Arabic Language and Linguistics program are well suited for careers in both the public and private sector. You may pursue employment in government as a policy analyst or an immigration and nationalization specialist, or as diplomat in an Arabic-speaking country. You might opt to work in education or at a large corporation where your translation skills are needed. Or perhaps you might opt for a job with the military, working as an intelligence analyst, translator or interpreter.

Graduate Outcomes

  1. Articulate the defining characteristics of key institutions in Arabic communities and culture
  2. Communicate effectively using the Arabic language in a variety of linguistic contexts
  3. Assess the social, cultural and political aspects of Arabic literature development
  4. Apply foundational linguistics development and language acquisition principles to relevant social, cultural, political and technological influencers for second-language learners of Arabic
  5. Demonstrate insight regarding, and apply problem-solving strategies to, the behavior of individuals and communities within Arabic culture
  6. Select a variety of Arabic topics and apply fundamental research practices to at least one social science context relevant to effective Arabic language acquisition
  7. Demonstrate foundational, effective Arabic-to-English translation skills
  8. Assess the socio-cultural and interpersonal contexts that influence Arabic dialect acquisition and variation

Admissions Requirements

2.8/Official transcripts proof of Arabic MIN ARB 204/Proof of English non citizens

Conditional admit less than 2.8 GPA

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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