The Department of Hispanic Studies has burgeoning a Ph.D. program that is in the forefront of research and teaching of Hispanic literature and Spanish linguistics. With the number of graduate students having tripled, our offering in Hispanic literature and Hispanic linguistics now encompass the literatures written throughout the Americas and Spain. Given Houston location, as well as Arte Público Press and the Recovery Project at the UH, our Ph.D. program offers an optimal environment in which to achieve excellence.

General Requirements

Minimum requirements for unconditional admission to the Ph.D. in Spanish

  • A completed M.A. degree in Spanish, or its equivalent
  • Students who have a M.A. degree in a field other than Spanish must take, concurrently with the other courses normally required for the doctoral program, one course from each of the following groups:
    • Hispanic literature of the United States
    • Latin American literature through Modernism
    • Latin American literature since Modernism
    • Peninsular literature through the XVII century
    • Peninsular literature, centuries XVIII through XX

Students with a M.A. degree in a field other than Spanish whose emphasis is linguistics will also be required to take a number of additional courses in the field (they will be advised by the Senior Linguistics Professor).

  • A minimum grade point average of 3.2 (A=4).
  • Three letters of recommendation from the applicant’s professors (to be sent directly to the Graduate Director by the recommender) detailing the potential of the applicant at the Ph.D. level.
  • Writing sample (Graded)
  • Acceptable scores on the General Aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • A score of at least 213 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL; required only of international students, unless they have earned a college degree from an American university).

For information on the GRE and the TOEFL visit the Educational Testing Service web site. (UH Code: 6870)

For a description of the University’s application process please visit the Graduate Student Application website

Once admitted to the program

  • No course in which a grade below B- (2.67) is received may count towards Ph.D. degree.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) for all graduate courses attempted is required for a graduate degree.
  • Failure to maintain this average will result in a warning, probation, or suspension.

Documentation to be provided by the applicant

  • Completed Application Form
  • One-page typewritten statement explaining why you wish to study for a Ph.D. in Spanish.
  • Two official transcripts sent directly by the Institution.
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation sent directly to the Graduate Director by the referees; these will not be accepted if submitted directly by the student).
  • Official copy of GRE scores.
  • Official copy of TOEFL score if necessary.
  • Application Fees

Application Fees

Fees payable by check, money order or online (Credit Card) with application
  • Domestic Graduate
    • Total cost, $75.00
    • Payable to University of Houston
  • International Graduate Student
    • Total cost, $150.00
    • Payable to University of Houston


  • Spring semester, Last Friday of September
  • Fall semester, Last Friday of January

Send documentation to:

Ph.D. in Spanish Program
Department of Hispanic Studies
University of Houston 
Houston, Texas 77204-3062

Phone: (713) 743-3007 
Fax: (713) 743-0935

For applications and advisement, please write to or call the above, or e-mail:

*Phone interviews will be conducted after application file is reviewed.

Current students can find complete information about deadlines and the expected general progression of their programs in the current M.A. Program Handbook and Ph.D. Program Handbook.