What will I learn?

Hispanic Studies is committed to the disciplined study of all aspects of the literature, intellectual history, and culture of Spain and Latin America, as well as the Spanish language. Currently, Hispanic Studies has two outstanding research areas:

Colonial and Peninsular Baroque and Enlightenment, with a variety of intellectual and methodological approaches;
Film and Literary Studies in contemporary Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula.

The program has an outstanding Media Resource Centre, whose collection of films and music has over 300 titles from Latin America and Spain, with media in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

A limited number of language instructorships are available each year and those interested should apply c/o the Graduate Coordinator.

Program Requirements

A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Courses (3 credits)

HISP 701 Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination
HISP 713 Research Seminar (3 credits)

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

Six 3-credit courses

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,750.76 (US$ 13,328) per year
CAN $558.36 per credit hour. This fee is for 2021-2022 year, and it may be subject to change in the coming year.
Application deadline

14 August 2022, 6 January 2023

Start date

31 August 2022, 4 January 2023, 30 August 2023


McGill University

Downtown Campus,

845 Sherbrooke Street West,


Quebec (QC),

H3A 0G4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 in undergraduate studies is expected. Please be aware that a CGPA of 3.0 is a minimum requirement only and does not guarantee acceptance.

For international students

Applicants must normally possess an M.A. in Hispanic Studies, or in a related discipline, from a university of recognized standing.

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in Spanish, and when appropriate, in Portuguese, plus a working knowledge of either French or English.

English Language Scores:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum acceptable scores are: The CBT is no longer being offered. CBT results will no longer be accepted as ETS no longer reports these results. N.B. an institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. IBT (Internet-Based Test): 86 overall, no less than 20 in each of the four component scores.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a band score of 6.5 or greater (Academic module).

Application Deadlines: For Fall Term: Jan. 6 and for Winter Term: Aug. 14.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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