Application Requirements

All applicants to RLL doctoral programs must provide:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts for all previous degrees and coursework
  • Writing sample (15–20 pages) in English or in the Romance Language of your choice; however if you submit an English writing sample, please also include a second, shorter sample of your writing in your intended language of specialization. 
  • Statement of purpose (written in English)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required for applicants who are non-native speakers of English. Information about the English language proficiency requirement is available here.


  • We do not require an undergraduate degree in a Romance language.
  • Although Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are optional, they will be considered if submitted.
  • Our department does not offer a terminal MA degree. If you are interested in an MA program and would like to take classes in our department, please visit the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities.
  • The department does not offer a part-time study option, an online program, or evening classes. 
  • Further details regarding admissions requirements are available from the office of the Humanities Dean of Students.