What will I learn?

The Department of Italian at UCLA offers a unique combination of literary, linguistic and cultural experience at both the undergraduate and graduate level, making it one of the most prestigious programs for Italian Studies in North America.

Besides covering the full range of Italian language and literature, the Department also provides scholars the possibility of approaching Italian culture through film; through linguistic history and dialectology; through interdisciplinary ties to many other UCLA departments; and through close relationships with the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (6 years)

Tuition fees
US$32,374.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected December 2021

Start date

Expected September 2022


College of Letters and Science

2300 Murphy Hall,



90095, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum score of 570 in paper based TOEFL.

For international students

Applicants with an MA degree from an Italian department in an institution in the U.S. which this department deems to be a peer institution can be admitted directly into the Ph.D. program. Students with an M.A. degree from an institution in Italy which this department seems to be a peer institution can be admitted to the Ph.D. program but must pass the M.A. comprehensive examination no later than the end of the third quarter of graduate study. Students who enter the graduate program with a B.A. or equivalent degree or with a degree in a discipline other than Italian literature will be required to pursue the entire course of the M.A. program, taking the 12 required courses and in some cases additional courses as deemed necessary by the faculty before the M.A. comprehensive examination. As in the case of all M.A. students, their performance on the examination will determine whether they are allowed to proceed to the Ph.D. program.

IELTS Academic overall band score should be at least 7.0 is the minimum required.

TOEFL score on the paper and pencil test must be at least 560 or at least 87 on the internet-based test.

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