What will I learn?

Program Description

Degree Awarded: PHD Transborder Studies

This PhD program in transborder studies is intended for graduate students who seek rigorous study of transborder and transnational economic, political, artistic, social, psychological, ecological and cultural dynamics, with implications not only for the Mexican-origin and Latina/o communities in the U.S. or the U.S.-Mexico border region but also for other border communities around the world. This transdisciplinary degree is designed for students with serious interest in the many ways border processes affect society: past, present and future.

Due to the focus on transborder experiences in people's everyday lives, both regionally and globally, this program equips students with the knowledge, skills and competencies for transborder research, scholarship and innovation --- all of which are highly needed by current and future scholars in order to better grasp the complexity of contemporary societies in the 21st century.

Students will gain the ability to communicate findings, creations or productions to an academic and community public; the ability to create pedagogical models, learning units and assessment protocols for the transmission of learned concepts, theories and methods; and the ability to design and develop transdisciplinary research. They learn how to display and apply concepts, methods and theories in courses and research projects; gain competency in the most pertinent theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of transborder and transnational contexts; and acquire historical understanding of the development of transborder ecologies, economies, social relations, migration and health, culture, power, language and expressive culture, and media.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (84 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,200.00 per year
Start date

20 August 2020


Arizona State University

Tempe Campus,



85287, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

You must have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country. You must have maintained a “B” (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) grade point average (GPA) in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate coursework. If you do not meet the minimum GPA requirements your application may still be considered.

For international students

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field such as anthropology, economics, education, sociology, literature or psychology from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants who have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in another discipline must align their scholarly interests with the program's mission.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

English proficiency

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Score of at least 550 (pBT) or 80 (iBT); International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Overall band score of the academic test of at least 6.5; Pearson Test of English (PTE): Score of at least 60.