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PhD Hispanic Studies

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
5 Years
 Start month
January

 Tuition fee

International
8270.58 USD
National
4707.66 USD

Application fee

International 162 USD
National 100 USD
Department
Faculty of Arts
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)320
GMAT (avg)646

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About this course

The Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies offers a dynamic curriculum focusing on a contextualized knowledge of the languages, literatures, and cultures of Latin America, Spain and other Spanish-speaking communities within the US and Canada. The following areas of research are central to the curriculum and intellectual agenda of the program: the current state of literary, cultural and linguistic criticism, visual culture, contemporary debates on the first nations of the Hispanic World, redefinition of minorities in the digital age, and specific issues concerning multilingualism and multiculturalism.

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Eligibility Criteria

Students admitted to the Ph.D. degree program normally possess an M.A. degree in Hispanic Studies or a related area, with clear evidence of research ability or potential. Transfer from the M.A. to the Ph.D. program is permitted under regulations set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies.

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Course Modules

The Ph.D. program consists of coursework and successful completion of a qualifying examination and candidacy examinations and the PhD thesis proposal defence. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements

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How to Apply

On-line application form.
This must be submitted online via the central UBC link: 


3 letters of reference.
These may either be submitted online using the electronic reference (“e-ref”) system in the application, or they may be mailed directly to the Department (not the Faculty of Graduate Studies) by the referee in an official, sealed envelope. Referees may use the central UBC form: Letter of Reference.


2 official copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
These should be mailed directly to the Department (not the Faculty of Graduate Studies) by the issuing institution in official, sealed envelopes.


Statement of intent.
Applicants may choose to use the space provided in the central UBC online application under the Program Specific Questions section,  or they may email a separate statement as a 1 – 1.5 page PDF to the Graduate Secretary, Marisa Scorda 


Sample of writing.

Ideally this will be an essay/paper written for a previously taken course and which shows the mark received and the Instructor’s comments (if any).
This should be sent by e-mail as a PDF to the Graduate Secretary, Marisa Scorda 


Additional documents required for international applications:

  • International applicants are required to submit their original diplomas. Transcripts and diplomas in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations.
  • TOEFL score or IELTS score

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