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18 Characteristics of UTSA Doctoral Programs

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Culture, Literacy, and Language

Date Program Established - 10/26/2000

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All data is preliminary and is subject to change.

1 Number of Degrees Per Year 6 (average, 2010-2012)
2 Graduation Rates --
3 Average Time to Degree 5 years (average, 2009-2011)
4 Graduate Employment Profile (one year after graduation)
Academic Year # % Employed % Still Seeking % Unknown
2008-2009 4 100% 0% 0%
2009-2010 5 100% 0% 0%
2010-2011 4 100% 0% 0%
5 Admissions Criteria

Program Admission Requirements. In addition to the University-wide admission requirements, the minimum requirements for admission to the Doctoral degree program in Culture, Literacy and Language (CLL) are as follows:

  1. A master’s degree in an area such as the following: anthropology, applied linguistics, bicultural-bilingual studies, foreign language education, history, international business, linguistics, psychology, sociology, and teaching English as a Second Language. Masters’ degrees in other fields may be accepted, subject to the approval of the Doctoral Studies Committee.
  2. A portfolio consisting of the following items will be evaluated by the Doctoral Studies Committee, comprised of members selected from the graduate faculty of the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies:
    • A master’s degree transcript documenting a grade point average of 3.5 or better in an approved master’s degree program.
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for exam taken within the last five (5) years.
    • Advanced proficiency in a language other than English to be demonstrated by examination or approved coursework.
    • For students whose master’s degree is from a non-English speaking university, submission of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of no less than 550 on the Paper-based Test (PBT), 79 on the Internet-based Test (iBT), or 6.5 on IELTS.
    • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the student’s academic and personal attributes for success in the program and potential for contributing substantially to a field of study related to the degree.
    • Statement of Purpose: A description of research interests, reasons for seeking doctoral study, and connections between the applicant’s interests/professional goals and the program in Culture, Literacy and Language (limit of five pages).
    • Academic writing: A sample of academic writing such as a paper written for a course, a master’s thesis or a scholarly publication.

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6 Percentage Full-time Students (FTS) with Financial Support 87%
7 Average Financial Support Provided $11,699
8 Student‐Core Faculty Ratio 2.5
9 Core Faculty Publications
Academic Year Number of Publications
2009-2010 61
2010-2011 51
2011-2012 140
10 Core Faculty External Grants
Average Faculty Receiving Funds 2
Grant Value Per Faculty $3,852
Total Grant Value Per Program Per Year $57,782
11 Percentage Full-Time Students 49%
12 Number of Core Faculty 14
13 Faculty Teaching Load 16
14 Faculty Diversity
Ethnicity Male Female
White 2 1
Black 1 0
Hispanic 3 7
Other 0 0
Total 6 8
15 Student Diversity
Ethnicity Male Female Total
White 1 5 6
Black 0 0 0
Hispanic 4 23 27
Other 4 7 11
Total 9 35 44
16 Date of Last External Review June 2004
17 External Program Accreditation
18 Student Publications/Presentations
Academic Year Number of Publications/Presentations
2009-2010 80
2010-2011 52
2011-2012 107