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Hispanic Studies


Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.A.



M. S. Fernández Utrera.

Associate Professors

R. Alvarez-Moreno, J. Beasley-Murray, K. Beauchesne, A. Casas Aguilar, A. Santos, G. Zhang.

Assistant Professors

E. Lagresa-González, T. Mitchell, R. A. Victoriano-Martínez.

Program Overview

The graduate program in Hispanic Studies offers opportunities for advanced study in the literatures of Spain and Spanish America, leading to the Ph.D and to the M.A. (with or without thesis).

The UBC Library has extensive holdings in all areas of Hispanic studies, with particularly strong holdings in periodicals and Latin-American studies, in both Spanish and Portuguese. The Department has a reading room for graduate students, containing basic texts, scholarly collections, and reference works.

The program makes available a list of courses to be offered as early as possible, usually in February of the preceding academic year.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

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.

Part-time Doctoral Classification is also available. Students who wish to be classified as part-time must obtain approval from their proposed supervisor and graduate program advisor as part of the admission process.

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. program consists of coursework, comprehensive examination, the PhD thesis proposal defense, and research leading to a dissertation that is defended in a final oral examination. For details on regulations, visit the Department.

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the M.A. degree program normally possess a B.A. degree in Hispanic Studies or a related area, and must meet the general admission requirements for master's degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Requirements

There are two options for the M.A.:

  • M.A. with Thesis. This option requires 24 credits of coursework numbered 500 and above in Spanish, including SPAN 591 and SPAN 592, and a 6-credit thesis followed by an oral thesis defense.
  • Course-based M.A. This option requires 30 credits of coursework, up to 3 of which may be drawn from 400-level undergraduate courses in Spanish.

Contact Information

Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies 
715-1873 East Mall 
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z1 
Tel: 604.822.0016 
Muirne de Búrca, Graduate Student Support


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