Welcome to the Graduate Program in Italian at Rutgers, located on the New Brunswick campus. Admission to the program usually requires an undergraduate major in Italian, however students from other major areas are encouraged to apply. Our graduate students can enroll in either our Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), Master of Arts (M.A.) or Doctoral program (Ph.D.).  For more information about the School of Graduate Studies, click here.

Our program covers all periods of Italian literature. Its strength is sustained by the variety of critical approaches and interdisciplinary perspectives represented by our faculty, who also edit and publish the internationally recognized journal Italian Quarterly. In addition to research, the program emphasizes pedagogical training. A variety of seminars at the Rutgers World Languages Institute, a special course in pedagogy, and teacher training workshops help prepare graduate students for the classroom.

Our standard of excellence is maintained by an active and committed graduate student body that organizes biannual conferences and publishes, with the assistance of the faculty, La Fusta, one of the first and most prominent graduate journals at Rutgers University and in the country.

Complete applications received by January 1st are given priority in financial aid decisions for students matriculating in September. Applications submitted by January 10th may still be considered.

Financial Aid
Four-year Excellence Fellowship packages, typically include two years of Teaching Assistantship. Three- or four-year Teaching Assistantship offers are available on a competitive basis. This package consists of a stipend, tuition coverage, and a fee waiver. Very good health benefits are also available. Students may also have the opportunity to be appointed as PTLs (part-time lecturers) and as instructors in the Department’s undergraduate summer programs at Rutgers and in our Summer Program in Rome, Italy.

Application forms (including the application forms for fellowships and assistantships) and copies of the Graduate School catalog are available online from the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.

Application Requirements
·        All undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts;

·        Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's work;

·        A statement of purpose, indicating the applicant’s current academic interests and long-term

·        For students with American degrees, GRE scores;

·        For international students, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores;

·        A writing sample, 1,500-2,000 words in length, demonstrating the applicant’s critical abilities (M.A. and Ph.D. applicants).

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies

Mellon fellowships provide a stipend for the first year of doctoral study and pay tuition and fees. Health insurance is also provided. 

The Inter-University Doctoral Consortium (IUDC)
The Inter-University Doctoral Consortium (IUDC) offers eligible students the opportunity to take graduate courses at other distinguished universities throughout the greater New York area. The IUDC is open to doctoral students who have completed at least one year of full time study toward the Ph.D. Students in the program may take up to two courses at these partner institutions, after approval of the Graduate Director.