The 2014 application deadline is December 18.
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.
The joint program in Romance Linguistics is housed in the Department of Linguistics. Please be aware that applications for the joint program in Romance Linguistics are due earlier in December.
Application - What You Need
- Academic Statement of Purpose (500 words)*
- Personal Statement (500 words)*
- Three Letters of Recommendation (online - do not mail)
- Sample of Written Work in Spanish, French, or Italian
- All Transcripts and Diplomas (electronic for application; official if admitted)*
- TOEFL or MELAB Scores (required for non-native speakers)*
- Application Fee ($75 Domestic and $90 International)
*Further information can be found below in Frequently Asked Questions
Degrees and Transcripts
Do I need to send official paper copies of degrees and transcripts?
When you apply: no, you only need to upload electronic versions to your application
If you are accepted: yes, official copies are be required by the Rackham Graduate School. Please read HERE for detailed instructions regarding how to submit transcripts.
Do I still need to send official documents if I attended a foreign university?
Yes. We understand that many foreign universities do not provide transcripts and if you are admitted we will help you determine what documentation is needed.
How is the academic statement different from the personal statement?
Academic statement: includes your academic experience to date, reasons for wanting to do graduate work at the University of Michigan, and your eventual career expectations.
Personal statement: describes how your background and life experiences motivated you to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan.
Can I combine my statements into one?
Yes, as long as you address both the academic and personal and you adhere to a 1,000 word limit.
Is the GRE required?
No, but you may submit scores if you desire. Our institution code is 1839
Are there any exceptions for the TOEFL?
If you received a degree from an English-speaking institution, you do not need to submit a TOEFL score. Scores are accepted for up to two years after completing an exam. Click HERE for further information regarding the TOEFL and language assessment.
You may also reach the Graduate Assistant on Skype at michigan.rll.