Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies

The first two years of the Ph.D. program are devoted to course work, preparing and taking the Qualifying Examination, the Candidacy Examination, and obtaining approval of the Thesis Proposal. The following years are devoted to the writing and defence of the thesis.

Program requirements

A minimum of 15 credits of course work numbered above 500 in the first year of the program, 3 of which may be taken in another department (6 exceptionally). A first-class average is required in these courses. Additional course work may be required for candidates who have deficiencies in certain areas.

When the language skills of a graduate student do not meet the expected standards of the Department during the first year of the program, this student, at the discretion of the Graduate Advisor, will have to take the appropriate undergraduate course(s) and obtain a minimum mark of 80%, in addition to the program’s course requirements

An annual progress report must be submitted by March 1st for every year that the student is enrolled in the program.

Qualifying Examination

In February of the first year of the program, the candidate will take the Qualifying Examination.

Candidacy Examination

In November of the second year of the program, the candidate will take the Candidacy Examination.

Ph.D. Thesis Proposal Defence

In September of the third year of program, the candidate will defend the Ph.D. Thesis Proposal.

The Final Doctoral Examination

Please refer to the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website at