Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies

See Admission for entrance requirements.

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

Program Requirements

In the first 16 months of the program, a minimum of 18 credits of course work numbered above 500 must be completed, 3 of which may be taken in another department (6 exceptionally). A first-class average is required in these courses. Additional coursework may be required for candidates who have deficiencies in certain areas.

Annual Progress Report

An Annual Progress Report must be submitted by March 1st for every year that the student is enrolled in the program.

Annual Progress Report Form


1. Qualifying Examination

The candidate will take the Qualifying Examination during February of the first year (if your graduate program started in September) or September of the first year (if your graduate program started in January).

Qualifying Examination Guidelines

2. Comprehensive Examination Committee Approval

The candidate will fill out the Comprehensive Examination Committee Approval Form after passing the Qualifying Examination.

Comprehensive Examination Committee Approval Form

3. Comprehensive Examination

The candidate will take the Comprehensive Examination in April of the second year (if your graduate program started in September) or August/September of the second year (if your graduate program started in January).

Comprehensive Examination Guidelines

4. PhD Thesis Proposal Defence

The candidate will defend the PhD Thesis Proposal in September of the third year (if your graduate program started in September) or January of the third year (if your graduate program started in January).

PhD Thesis Proposal Guidelines

5. Supervisory Committee Approval

The candidate will fill out the Supervisory Committee Approval Form after passing the PhD Thesis Proposal Defence.

Supervisory Committee Approval Form

6. Final Doctoral Examination

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

Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies Website