The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers Ph.D. programs in French, Italian, and Spanish. We encourage applications from students who wish to pursue the study of more than one Romance language and literature. We also coordinate with the Department of Linguistics to offer a joint Ph.D. program in Romance Linguistics.
A checklist of required application materials for the Ph.D. programs in French, Italian, and Spanish follows the admissions information below.
- All RLL Ph.D. programs begin in the Fall term only. Application materials must be received by December 16, 2013.
- Applications for the joint program in Romance Linguistics are due by December 7, and should be sent to the Department of Linguistics, not the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
Please visit the Department of Linguistics for more information about application materials to the joint program in Romance Linguistics.
- More standardized test information.
All RLL Ph.D. programs operate under the U-M Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The only application materials that are not submitted online and must be mailed to the university are your official transcripts, diplomas, and translations if you are an international student. Please use the following addresses if submitting documents by mail:
Send to Rackham:
Rackham Graduate School
Attn: Transcripts/UMID# (if known) or Date of Birth
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
- Note: All credentials submitted for admission consideration become the property of the University of Michigan and will not be returned in original or copy form.
- Beginning in August 2006, paper applications will no longer be available- prospective students must apply online:
Fill out an online application form.
- Rackham Application
On item 13 of the application, use numeric code 00426 for French, 00456 for Italian, or 00460 for Spanish. The online application is automatically sent to both Rackham and the Department.
- Academic Statement of Purpose
This statement should be about 500 words long and describe your academic experience to date, your reasons for wanting to do graduate work in Romance Languages at U-M, and your eventual career expectations. This statement should be completed with the online application.
- Personal Statement
This statement should be approximately 500 words and describe how your background and life experiences motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan.
- Three Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation must be submitted online. To guarantee receipt of letters, please complete this part of the application before the deadline so that your recommenders have time to send their recommendations electronically by the December 16th deadline. Please follow directions given with the online application.
- Sample of Written Work
A writing sample of at least five pages in the language of the section to which you are applying. This sample may now be submitted online. Please try to limit your writing sample to 20 pages or less.
- Transcripts and Diplomas
Please upload either an official or unofficial version of your transcript(s) to your electronic application. In addition, one official transcript from each college or university attended where you received a degree should be sent to Rackham Graduate School. If you have a foreign transcript, you must include an official English translation of each transcript and a copy of the degree certificate or diploma, also translated into English. Rackham requires official transcripts and diplomas, as well as English translations if applicable, in order to matriculate to the university. You are permitted to wait until receiving an acceptance letter to mail these items if you wish. For more information, click here.
- GRE Scores
GRE Scores are no longer required. Applicants that opt to send score reports should be sent to Rackham only. The Institution Code is 1839. Do not send them to the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
- TOEFL or MELAB Scores
Required of all applicants who are non-native speakers of English. For more information or to view the policy on waiving this requirement, click here. Score reports should be sent only to Rackham.
- Application Fee
For domestic applicants (US citizens and individuals on permanent resident visa status), the application fee is $65.00. For international applicants (non-US citizens), the fee is $75.00. Fees must be paid directly to Rackham through the online application.
GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores are no longer required.
Applicants to the Ph.D. programs in French, Italian, and Spanish may send GRE score reports sent directly to the Rackham School of Graduate Studies if they wish to submit them (there is no need to send a duplicate report to the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures).
Use 1839 for the Institution Code.
Be sure to schedule your exam so your scores will be received by the department by the December 16th deadline.
TOEFL or MELAB
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) scores are required of all applicants who are non-native speakers of English. There is no need to send a duplicate report to Rackham if you have earned a previous degree at an institution whose language of instruction is English however, a report is still required by the department.
MINIMUM TOEFL/MELAB SCORE REQUIREMENTS:
Paper/Pencil Exam = 600
Computer Exam = 240
iBT = 84
To have score reports sent to the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, use 1839 for the Institution Code, and either 16 (French), 10 (Italian), or 23 (Spanish) for the Department Code. To have score reports sent directly to Rackham, use only the Institution code (1839) and leave the Department Code blank.
Be sure to schedule your exam so your scores will be received by the department and school by the December 16th deadline.
Download a printable checklist here.