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How can we work together to promote better cultural understanding worldwide?

Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Application Checklist

The application, application fee and application materials must be received in the GRS Admissions Office by the application deadline.  Personally written documents such as the personal statement or CV submitted through the online application do not need paper copies sent to the GRS Admissions Office.

Domestic Students

  • Application
  • $80 Application fee
  • Official Transcripts.  Photocopies and other facsimiles, such as scanned/emailed or faxed documents will not be considered official.
  • Two official letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be submitted through the online recommendation system or with the paper recommendation form through the mail. Photocopies and other facsimiles, such as scanned/emailed or faxed documents will not be considered official.
    Most departments ask for three letters; check your department’s requirements at Application Requirements and Deadlines.
  • Official GRE General scores, sent by ETS to institution code 3087.
    Some departments may also require the Subject Test; contact your department for details. Applicants applying to MFA programs are not required to submit GRE scores.
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or CV (highly recommended, not required)
  • Writing Sample
    A writing sample is required by some but not all departments.  Check your department’s requirements at Application Requirements and Deadlines.

International Students