Department of Modern Languages and Literature

Cooperative PhD Program


The Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston and the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at the University of Texas Pan American are pleased to announce a unique collaboration that allows students to study the language, literature, and culture of the border on the border. Through videoconferencing technologies, interaction with the graduate faculty of the University of Texas Pan American, and short term summer residencies on the University of Houston campus, students now have the opportunity to pursue doctoral level studies in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. By combining faculty strengths in U.S. Latina/o literature, Spanish sociolinguistics, and Latin American and Peninsular literature, this cooperative program opens the cultural and linguistic resources of the South Texas border region to critical inquiry and theorization.

University of Houston

Admissions Requirements

  • A completed M.A. degree in Spanish or its equivalent
  • Students who have an MA degree in a field other than Spanish must take leveling courses concurrently with the other course normally required for the doctoral program.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.2.
  • Three letters of recommendation from the applicant’s professors
  • A graded writing sample
  • Acceptable scores on the General Aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • A score of at least 213 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Deadlines for Admission

Last Friday in January for fall admission
Last Friday in September for spring admission

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Guadalupe Cortina
Cooperative PhD Advisor
Department of Modern Languages
University of Texas-Pan American
Edinburg,Texas 78539
(956) 665-3441

Dr. Gabriela Baeza Ventura
Graduate Director
Department of Hispanic Studies
University of Houston
Houston,Texas 77204
(956) 743-3007

This project has been made possible through a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education.