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Why pursue a PhD in CLL?

The PhD in Culture, Literacy, & Language (CLL) has three major focal areas: 1) applied linguistics; 2) bi-literacy and bilingual education; 3) Mexican-American, Chicana/o, Latina/o cultures. CLL faculty and students work in a vibrant interdisciplinary atmosphere with applied linguistics, anthropologists, educational researchers, psychologist, and sociologists. The interdisciplinary program is flexible in terms of foci of study, as well as scheduling designed to accommodate full-time and working professionals.

Research Opportunities

The CLL doctoral program has esteemed faculty members that are nationally and internationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Take a look at current research topics:

  • Afro-Mexicanidad, Afro-Latinidad, and transculturación.
  • Anthropology and education.
  • Applied linguistics in multi-ethnic and multicultural settings.
  • Bilingual education, bilingual teacher preparation, dual-language programs.
  • Bi-literacy, multicultural children’s literature.
  • Chicana/o leadership, Chicana feminisms, Chicano/Latino education.
  • Communities in Diasporas and other transnational settings.
  • Computer-assisted second language acquisition.
  • Education and language policies and programs for language minority students.
  • Ethnographic and qualitative research methods.
  • Global migration and its impact on cultural change and maintenance.
  • Heritage language education.
  • Immigration, education, and transnational contexts.
  • International language policy.

Culture, Literacy, and Language

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Culture, Literacy & Language (PhD)
Admission is only available for the Fall semester
  Required Degree Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions, submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 563 TOEFL Paper / 85 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries)
  Purpose Statement Required
  Letters of Recommendation 2 letter(s) of recommendation demonstrating your academic and personal attributes for success in this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)
  Writing Sample Required
  Language Required Proficiency or experience learning, using, studying or speaking a language other than English
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation if applicable must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Culture, Literacy & Language (PhD)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on March 15. Decisions will be made and sent to applicants within a few weeks after the review date.
  Fall Spring Summer
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Funding Opportunities

UTSA offers competitive fellowships to students enrolled full-time in the doctoral program in CLL. For more information about graduate funding, click below.

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Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.


This program is housed on the UTSA Downtown Campus. Courses are offered in the evenings (6:00 PM to 8:45 PM) to fit the schedules of both full-time students and working professionals.  We also offer summer courses in the evenings to help students advance in their program.

Graduate Advisor of Record

Kathryn Henderson, PhD

210-458-4426

Kathryn.Henderson2@utsa.edu

Student Development Specialist

Molly Miller

210-458-7443

Molly.Miller@utsa.edu