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About the Program

The Department of Hispanic Studies offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Spanish.

The graduate program in Spanish prepares scholars for university teaching and research in Spanish and Latin American literature, linguistics, and/or cultural studies. It is organized primarily for students seeking a Ph.D. degree, although the M.A. degree is awarded in the course of a student’s progress. A small number of students who intend to complete the M.A. only as an advanced study for teaching in high schools or community colleges are admitted.

The faculty in Hispanic Studies offers a wide and diverse group of graduate courses in literary, linguistic, and cultural studies. Research and teaching interests include all areas of Spanish and Latin American literature from its origins to the present. Faculty also have strong research and teaching profiles in the philosophy and practices of translation; cultural studies, including Latin American film, gender studies, theories of the body, historiography, and fiction; psychoanalysis; bilingualism and heritage language studies;  Spanish in the US; sociolinguistics; and political philosophy.

Apply Online

Apply online.  You will be able to apply, upload and submit your application materials.  Your application progress can be saved and completed at a later time. You will also be able to check on the status of your application and which materials have been received by the department.  When listing faculty for letters of reference, please use their university e-mail address. E-mail addresses other than the recommender’s official university e-mail address will significantly delay the processing of your application.


  • All applicants whose native language is not English and who do not have a degree from an institution where English is the exclusive language of instruction must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet-based). The Institution Code is 4839 and the HS dept. code is 23.
  • 3.0 GPA
  • The application fee for international students is $155
    The application fee for domestic students is $135
  • 3 letters of reference. If you have enrolled in a graduate program, at least 1 letter of reference should be from your current/former advisor.
  • Writing sample
  • The Department of Hispanic Studies no longer requires a GRE exam for admission into the Ph.D. program.

Additional Information

  • Students can apply to the Ph.D. degree program directly from the B.A. undergraduate degree.
  • For Fall Quarter (beginning in September), the deadline for admission and fellowship consideration for both Domestic (U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents) and Foreign (International) applicants is January 5th. Applications received after this date may still be considered depending on the availability of the remaining resources. The Admissions Committee will only review an application once all required documents are received.
  • All official documents must be received in sealed envelopes directly from the issuing entity.
  • Program mailing address:
    University of California, Riverside
    Department of Hispanic Studies
    Attn: Griselda Rodriguez
    900 University Ave., HMNSS 2401
    Riverside, CA 92521

Frequently Asked Questions


For the Fall quarter, the official deadline is January 5th 

To receive the fullest consideration for financial assistance, your completed application and all supporting documents, must be received by January 5. We will accept applications until April 1st for international students and September 1 for domestic students, but please keep in mind that completed files received after January 5 are unlikely to receive consideration for most forms of financial aid.

If you have further questions, please contact Graduate Advisor, Professor Marta Hernandez Salvan, marta.hernandez@ucr.edu