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.

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.