M.A./Ph.D. Program

The Department of Italian Studies is committed to the interdisciplinary study of Italian literature and culture, and its diverse faculty includes scholars of literature, history, music, anthropology, art history, architecture, and cinema.  We are also fortunate to have  frequent visiting faculty from Italy and elsewhere.

In order to encourage innovative work that crosses disciplinary boundaries, the combined M.A./Ph.D. program requires students to designate one primary and one secondary field.  The primary field may be a 200 year period of Italian literature and culture, or a topic studied transhistorically. The secondary field should be chosen from among recognized disciplines.

Financial support is a crucial aspect of a graduate career, and we are committed to providing our continuing students with fellowships and teaching opportunities. Visit the Graduate Division site for detailed information about our department fellowship deadlines and all aspects of student life at Berkeley. For more information on professional development, research, and teaching, visit the Graduate Division’s Professional Development Guide and calendar.

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, please take care to establish and maintain California residency.

If you are a prospective graduate student go to the Admission section of this site.