What will I learn?

The Department of Modern Languages and Classics offers degree programs leading to the master of arts in German, the master of arts in Romance languages, and the doctor of philosophy in Romance languages. All three degree programs incorporate a variety of options.

In addition to the program-specific requirements presented below, all doctoral candidates, regardless of the option selected, must adhere to the following.

The minimal formal coursework required for the doctoral degree is 60 semester hours, which may include up to 30 hours of transferred credits earned at another institution. Appropriate MA hours earned at The University of Alabama can also count toward the total required accumulation of hours. Students who have completed a master's thesis need accumulate only 54 hours of coursework. Once all coursework is completed, an additional 24 hours of Dissertation Research (FR 699Dissertation Research, SP 699 Dissertation Research or RL 699 Dissertation Research) with the dissertation director(s) are required. All doctoral candidates must possess reading knowledge of one language in addition to English, their native language, and their language of specialization.

All doctoral candidates must be careful to fulfill the residency requirement and to abide by the specified time limits (7 years from admission semester; 8 years from admission semester if entering directly from BA) specified in the Degree Requirements of this catalog. Once enrolled, all doctoral candidates must submit a Plan of Study to the Office of the Graduate School and abide by all other policies of the Graduate School. The student's Plan of Study for the PhD degree must be approved by the department and the Graduate School by the time the student completes 30 graduate semester hours of UA and/or transfer course work.

All options of the Doctor of Philosophy in Romance Languages share the same qualifying exam format. This format begins with the creation of a “pre-prospectus” by the candidate, in consultation with the likely eventual dissertation director, followed by take-home questions from a committee of examiners with whom the candidate has had coursework or who have appropriate expertise (the questions may pertain to the coursework or the pre-prospectus, according to the discretion of each examiner), leading directly to the creation of the prospectus as the final product, assuming a successful outcome. The prospectus is then submitted to the prospective dissertation committee for approval.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (60 semester hours)

Tuition fees
US$30,250.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

12 January 2022, 17 August 2022

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

Clark Hall,

The University of Alabama,

TUSCALOOSA,

Alabama,

35487, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

International application must hold the equivalent of a U.S. four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to be eligible for graduate admission.

For international students

Applicant has already earned a graduate degree or has accumulated five or more years of professional experience in an appropriate discipline. International application must hold the equivalent of a U.S. four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to be eligible for graduate admission. English Language Requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The minimum score for admission to a degree program or for non-degree admission is 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 79 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT); International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The minimum score for admission to a degree program or for non-degree admission is 6.5; Pearson Test of English (PTE): The minimum score of admission to a degree program or for non-degree admission is 59.

Application Deadline: Rolling admission

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

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