Prospective Students

Please watch this informational video about the Ph.D. Program led by Dr. D. Ines Casillas, Chicano Studies Institute (CSI) Director and Chicana/o Studies Faculty Member.

To learn more about how to apply to the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department graduate program, including submission requirements, test scores, and deadlines, please visit the Chicana and Chicano Studies department page in the Graduate Division Program Overview section here.

For any questions about the graduate program or about the online application, please direct them to the Graduate Program Advisor, Fallon Leung, at her email.

Required documents specifications:

Statement of Purpose: 1500 words maximum, 12 point Times New Roman font. Numbered pages and name and title in the header.

CV Length: can exceed more than 2 pages

Personal History and Diversity Statement: 1000 words maximum. Same format as above in the Statement of Purpose.

Statement of Purpose: Please explain why you are interested in applying to our program, what your research interests are, what led you to pursue those research interests in a Chicana and Chicano Studies doctoral degree.

Writing Sample: The Writing Sample must be within 20-25 pages long, with 12 pt. Times Roman Numeral font. Numbered pages and titled header with your name. We can allow 2 pages under or over the limit, but it cannot be below 18 pages long. The Writing Sample is the sample in which best shows your writing and research skills, and are typically research essays although creative writing samples are permitted. 

For questions regarding the Writing Sample, please contact the Graduate Program Advisor.

Other application requirements:

The Chicana and Chicano Studies Department does not require the GRE test scores for consideration, and therefore we do not expect potential applicants to submit their GRE test scores.

TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be submitted by international students when applicable. If a student has received their Bachelor's or Master's degree in a university where the language of instruction is in English, then the TOEFL and IELTS test scores can be waived.