Mexican American Studies Doctoral Program


Mario Aguilar, Ph.D. student


The Ph.D. program in Mexican American Studies (MAS) is an interdisciplinary research degree. An individualized plan of study allows students to develop their own specialization in Mexican American Studies by integrating areas such as indigenous, Cultural, Gender, Education, Immigration, Health, Historical, and Comparative Ethnic Studies.


The deadline for applications is January 15th. The University of Arizona's Ph.D. in Mexican American Studies is a research degree. Applicants should hold a Master's degree or its equivalent by the date of entry into the program. to be competitive for admissions, applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.0 or higher.

The application requirements are as follows:

  •  Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Intent: A statement of scholarly and research interests.
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae.
  • Writing sample: a 35-50 page scholarly paper or Master's Thesis
  • Official Transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended.
  • A copy of official GRE scores. (GRE scores are being waived for the 2020-2021 academic year until further notice)

The department application is available through the Graduation College Application:

Ph.D. Program Requirements

A minimum of 66 units are required for the completion of the Ph.D. in Mexican American Studies. All required units of credit must be at the graduate level at the University of Arizona or at an accredited institution in consultation with the Major Advisor, MAS academic coordinator and the Director of Graduate Studies. The department encourages students to collaborate with other academic units within the University to explore relevant theories, knowledge, and perspectives based on their specialized field of scholarly inquiry and research. These aforementioned departmental requirements allow students a wide range of choices and independence in completing their degree requirements.

Ph.D. Program Guide:

Foundation: MAS 695A                              3 units

Core:                                                             18 units

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Chosen Field:                                             15 units

Minor (if in MAS)                                          9 units

Methods: MAS 580A**                                 3 units

Dissertation:                                               18 units

Total:                                                          66 units

* Applicable to students entering the PhD program Fall 2017 or after.

** Applicable to students entering the PhD program Fall 2019 or after.

MAS Core

The MAS Ph.D. Degree requires that students take 18 units of core graduate coursework offered by the MAS Faculty, as well as MAS 695A (3 units): Mexican American Studies Ph.D. Colloquium.


Specialization Area

In consultation with a major advisor, students have the option of completing a minor in MAS (9 units) or selecting to minor outside of MAS. If completing a minor outside of MAS, please see that department for their Ph.D. Minor guidelines and unit requirements.


Research Methods

Since this is an interdisciplinary program, each student, in consultation with their with their Major Advisor, should take 3 units in an approved research methods course that best serves their research agenda. Additional units may be required as per research needs.


Dissertation Units

A minimum of 18 dissertation units are required. The following must also be completed:

  • A qualifying exam within 2 semesters that affirms formal acceptance into the program.
  • Completion and affirmative evaluation of the comprehensive examination.
  • Prospectus and prospectus review.
  • Dissertation defense.
  • Completed and approved dissertation
  • Doctoral plan of study


If you have any questions about the program or the requirements for applying and/or acceptance into the program contact Julieta Gomez, Program Coordinator, Sr via email at or by telephone at (520)-626-8103

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