Program by Year

1st-year Ph.D. students must take and pass 4 FCE graduate courses. These are usually taken as eight 0.5-credit courses.

Within these eight half-courses, two are mandatory:

Declaration of major and minor: at the end of the 1st-year of Ph.D., students must declare in writing their desired major and minor, to be chosen from Mediaeval (1200-1300), Renaissance (1400-1500), Baroque (1600-1700), and Contemporary (1800-present) eras of Italian Literature.

Declaration of provisional thesis title and committee members (end of May)

* Exception is applied to those students who have completed their Master of Arts at the Department of Italian Studies, University of Toronto as they would have already taken this course.

General Comprehensive Examination (August)


Research proposal (September)

Bibliography for special field part 1 (September)

Special field examination part 1 (November)

Special field part 2 (March)

Language Requirements:

  • Latin language requirement
  • Another modern language (aside from Italian and English, must be offered by U of T)


Thesis progress report to be provided annually.

* If the student has not completed their thesis by the end of Year 4, they may apply for an extension. 

* This is a general road map and is subject to change on a case-by-case basis, with the approval of the Graduate Associate Chair, as well as the Departmental Chair.