Graduate Program (MA) in Italian Studies


REQUIREMENTS (for general University requirements and for information on how to submit an online application, see BA in Italian or equivalent; complete and acceptable ("good standing") academic transcripts; GPA (of last two baccalaureate years) of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale; GRE scores; TOEFL scores (international students only); statement of purpose; current résumé or CV; writing sample (approx. 8-10 pp.). Application pending departmental approval, consisting of the collective appraisal of the program faculty. The application is then submitted to the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies for appropriate action.


Graduate students in the Italian MA program are eligible for teaching assistantships as well as for funding from the Ada Belle Winthrop-King Memorial Fund, which offers a large range of graduate awards and funding. These include funding for summer study, conference, and research funds, such as the Winthrop-King Summer Graduate Scholarship in Italian. This award is open to graduate students majoring in Italian who are seeking support for a research project or for language development in Italy during the summer semester. For the most recent information, click here.


The MA in Italian Studies is an interdisciplinary program with core courses in Italian correlated with graduate courses from related area(s) of interest. Related areas might include: Art, Art History, Classics, Communications, Economics, English, Entrepreneurship, Film, History, Humanities, Interior Design, International Affairs, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Theatre, Urban and Regional Planning. To qualify for the MA degree under this program, the student must complete a minimum of thirty-two (32) semester hours of coursework. At least twenty-one (21) of these hours must be taken on a letter-grade basis. The core courses in Italian will include three (3) semester credit hours in Italian Culture and Civilization (ITA 5505), and six (6) semester hours of credit in Italian literature or language courses at the 5000 level or above.

MA Comprehensive Examination is based on the candidate’s coursework. Members of the examining committee will be appointed by the graduate adviser. MA examination questions are expected to elicit substantive critical essays. Questions will be written within a period of nine hours (normally in three periods of three hours on consecutive days). Should a candidate fail one or more sections of the written examination, an oral examination covering all sections of the exam will be required within one week of the reporting of the scores.

It is the student's responsibility to register for ITA 8966 Comprehensive Examination during the regular registration period. In the semester the student expects to receive the degree, it is also the student's responsibility to make an application for graduation within the first two weeks of the term and to make all necessary arrangements with the Graduate Program Coordinator concerning his/her diploma, fees, degree clearance, etc.

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