Graduate Programs

The Department of Italian at UCLA boasts one of the most prestigious graduate programs in North America, renowned for its close relationship with the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, its offerings in 19th, 20th, and 21st century Italian studies, and its emphasis on interdisciplinary scholarship.

The Departments of French, Germanic, and Italian and the Scandinavian Section in the UCLA Division of Humanities are in the process of establishing a new Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies (ELTS). We continue to accept candidates for our 3 Ph.D. degrees (French and Francophone Studies, Germanic, Italian) and our 3 terminal M.A. degrees (Germanic, Italian, Scandinavian), but are also complementing our existing programs with a broad range of opportunities that we believe will further enhance the experience of graduate education on our global campus. These include:

  • a new Methodology and Professionalization Proseminar offered to all incoming students
  • participation in our annual graduate student conference (see the most recent “Porosity and Reciprocity” conference, October 24-25, 2019,
  • expanded courses and mentorship thanks to an ongoing ambitious multi-year initiative to attract new faculty. Recent new hires include Dr. Kalani Michell ( and Dr. Cécile Guédon (]).
  • expertise in transcultural and transnational European contexts
  • faculty working in literary studies, visual culture, film and media studies, the experimental humanities (digital / environmental / medical / urban humanities), and on critical thought and issues related to translation, diaspora and race, ethnic and religious minorities, migratory movements, and gender/sexuality.

Most students are admitted to the Italian Ph.D. program with a combination of fellowship and teaching assistantship, and receive their M.A. en route. Applicants must apply to the Ph.D. program, not the M.A. program alone. Once students are admitted to the Ph.D. program, other competitive fellowships are also available within UCLA for students to pursue research and to study abroad. Qualified students may also be approved to spend up to a year of their graduate study in Italy.

Students accepted into the graduate program typically have an excellent opportunity to teach in our summer program in Italy or at UCLA.  Several instructors per year tend to be hired.

For the most complete and up-to-date information on applying to the graduate program in Italian, as well the latest program requirements, consult the links on the left as well as the Grad Division website.

Optional Certificate Programs

Students may also be eligible to enroll in the Experimental Critical Theory certificate program, or in the Gender Studies Concentration Certificate Program.

UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory

This program is open to graduate students enrolled in any Ph.D. or MFA program at UCLA, and offers the Graduate Certificate in Experimental Critical Theory.  Requirements for the certificate include the two quarter core seminar, offered winter and spring quarters.  The Program also sponsors the twice quarterly ECT Colloquium and various lectures and conferences.  More information about the program, the full requirements for the certificate, and how to apply to it is available here.  

Gender Studies Concentration Certificate Program 

The UCLA Department of Gender Studies offers a Concentration Certificate in Gender Studies to allow graduate students enrolled in UCLA departments, programs and professional schools to acquire expertise and a credential in Gender Studies.  The requirements for the Gender Studies Concentration are in addition to requirements in the primary department or school, and should be completed before advancing to candidacy. Upon completion of the requirements, a Certificate is issued by the Department of Gender Studies. More information about the program, the full list of requirements, and how to apply to it is available here.