For unconditional admission to the Ph.D. in Spanish, applicants must have earned an M.A. degree in Spanish, or its equivalent, with a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (A=4.00). Students who have a M.A. degree in a field other than Spanish must take, concurrently with the other courses normally required for the doctoral program, one course from each of the following groups:
- Hispanic literature of the United States
- Latin American literature through Modernism
- Latin American literature since Modernism
- Peninsular literature through the XVII century
- Peninsular literature, centuries XVII through XX
Students with a M.A. degree in a field other than Spanish whose emphasis is linguistics will also be required to take a number of additional courses in the field. (They will be advised by the Senior Linguistics Professor).
Applicants must have acceptable scores on the General Aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). A score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is
required for international graduate students. Three confidential letters of recommendation from professors detailing the potential of the candidate as a graduate student are also required.
Once admitted to the program, no course in which a grade below B- (2.67) is received may be applied toward the Ph.D. degree.
At the end of each student’s first year of course work at the Ph.D. level, a screening procedure will be conducted by all faculty members with whom the student has studied in order to determine whether the individual is progressing satisfactorily toward the degree objective.
The Ph.D. in Spanish requires that, beyond the achievement of the master’s degree, students complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of approved graduate courses and 6 semester hours of dissertation as follows:
- Required core courses Cr. 9.
- Elective courses Cr. 27.
- Dissertation Cr. 6.