Mexican American Studies Doctoral Program


The Ph.D. program in Mexican American studies is an interdisciplinary research degree. An individualized plan of study that 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 department application is available through the Graduate College Application:(GradApp). The deadline to submit an application for Fall semester is January 15th (for domestic and international applicants). 

Fall Term January 15th

** The application window has closed for the 2023-2024 School Year. The application window for the 2024-2025 School Year will open September 2023. For any inquiries about the program, please contact the Program Coordinator. 


Three (3) letters of recommendation: the department requires each applicant to have a minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. The letters of recommendation should e written by faculty that can speak about your academic and research ability, and your potential as a doctoral student.
Statement of Purpose: A 1000 word statement stating your interest in the program, why you would be a good candidate and scholar/research interest. 
Updated Curriculum Vitae
Writing Sample: Master's Thesis or if in the case your master's program did not have you write a thesis, submit a 35-50 scholarly paper that reflects your writing and research skills.
Official Transcripts: You are required to submit official transcripts form ALL previous colleges and universities attended. Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied with certified translations. **You can upload an unoffical transcript copy with your applicant. BUT this does not emlinimt the need for official transcripts to be submitted.
English Proficiency: Is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 paper based (PB), 79 internet based (iBT), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below 6). 

The Ph.D. program is a research degree; applicants should hold a Master's degree or its equivalent by the date of entry into the program. 

Application for the Doctorate Program is offered through the Graduate College Application:(GradApp). For any assistance or questions throughout the application process, contact the MAS Program Coordinator Lucia Echeverria Madera at 520-621-0039 or