PhD in Hispanic Studies

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. The program will accept and review applications for the fall semester only. Transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work must be uploaded along with all other requirements.

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements (for details, please consult the department website). 

  • Prior Degrees BA, MA or Equivalent, Spanish or related field.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.50/4.00 for all graduate courses.
  • Tests Required Applicants are urged to take the GRE. Results (if taken) are to be included in CV along with submitting them directly from GRE Testing Institution to Office of Admissions (UIC code is: 1851).
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 80, with subscores of  Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based TOEFL); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (New Paper-Based—after August 2018); 550 (Institutional Testing Paper-Based—prior to August 2018). OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
    • Results are to be included in CV, as well, as submitting them directly from TOEFL Testing Institution to Office of Admissions (UIC code is: 1851).
  • Samples of Writing in Spanish Applicants are required to submit two samples of their written work in Spanish in the form of an essay for an academic course.
  • Letters of Recommendation External applicants with an MA in Hispanic Studies or related field must provide at least three recommendation letters from faculty in the applicant’s MA program.
  • Personal Statement A statement of 500 words is required in which applicants should address their reasons for applying to the Hispanic Studies PhD program in the concentration desired, Hispanic Linguistics or Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies.
  • CV/Resume Please include GRE scores (if taken) and TOEFL results (main score and 4 subscores).
  • Transcripts Applicants must upload transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work with all other requirements.
  • Other Requirements Students who enter the PhD program with an MA awarded by a department in a related field may be required upon admission to take complementary course work as appropriate in consultation with the advisor.
  • Nondegree Applicants None at the PhD level.
  • Deadlines Application deadlines for this program are listed on the Graduate College website.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 96 from the baccalaureate.
  • Course Work In addition to the stated 37 hours for the master’s degree or their equivalent, candidates must complete:
Course Title
Courses Required for Both Concentrations
Professional Development Workshop II
Didactic course work at 400- and 500-levels (a minimum of 32 hours)

Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies Concentration

Course Title
Concentration Courses
A minimum of 8 graduate courses (32 hours), which must include the following:
Concepts and Methodologies in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies
Two additional 500-level courses
Five electives at the 400- or 500-level chosen in consultation with the graduate advisor
Graduate courses directly related to the field of study may be taken outside the department in consultation with the student's academy advisor.
Course Title
Electives exclude the following courses:
Theoretical and Research Foundations of Communicative Language Teaching
Professional Development Workshop I
Professional Development Workshop II
Preliminary Examination and Dissertation Prospectus Preparation
Independent Study
M.A. Thesis Research
Ph.D. Thesis Research

Hispanic Linguistics Concentration

Course Title
Concentration Courses
A minimum of 8 graduate courses (32 hours) which must include the following:
Advanced Spanish Syntax
Advanced Spanish Phonology and Morphology
Three additional 500-level courses
Three electives at the 400- or 500-level chosen in consultation with the graduate advisor. Electives may be taken in other UIC programs and departments as long as they relate to the student’s concentration and are approved by the student’s academic advisor.
Course Title
Electives exclude the following courses:
Theoretical and Research Foundations of Communicative Language Teaching
Professional Development Workshop I
Professional Development Workshop II
Preliminary Examination and Dissertation Prospectus Preparation
Independent Study
M.A. Thesis Research
Ph.D. Thesis Research
  • Examinations
    • Preliminary Examination: Required; written and oral.
  • Dissertation Required. No more than 31 hours of SPAN 599 can be applied to the degree. The dissertation should be based on original research in the candidate’s concentration, Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies or Hispanic Linguistics.
  • Other Requirements
    • Unless exempted by the director of graduate studies, all students must serve as teaching assistants for at least one year.
    • All students will need to demonstrate reading knowledge at a scholarly level of two languages other than Spanish and English. At least one of these needs to be a Romance language. This requirement can only be waived if the candidate holds a BA or equivalent in the language(s) with which he/she wishes to satisfy this requirement.

Interdepartmental Concentrations

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in select concentrations after consulting with their graduate advisor. Interdepartmental concentrations available for this degree include: