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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 Requirements and Deadlines

Applicants who have obtained a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree are welcome to apply to any of the programs offered by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

All PhD applications, submitted and complete by the program deadline, are considered for admission with five years of fellowship funding.  Master’s applications must be submitted and complete by the program deadline in order to be considered for admission and financial assistance as departmental funds allow.  Please be aware that some programs have earlier deadlines for master’s applications to be considered for all available forms of merit-based financial aid, both University-wide and departmental.

African American Studies

Program offered: MA in African American Studies

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Writing Sample

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: January 31

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American & New England Studies

Programs offered:

  • MA in Preservation Studies
  • JD/MA in Preservation Studies (must apply to both the School of Law and Preservations Studies)
  • PhD in American Studies

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations (at least two from faculty members)
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Scholarly writing sample
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose

Application Deadlines:

  • MA
    Fall: April 1*
    Spring: November 15
  • PhD
    Fall: January 5
*Applications for admission with consideration for financial aid must be submitted by January 15.  Applications for admission only must be submitted by April 1.

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Anthropology

Programs offered:

  • MA in Applied Anthropology
  • PhD in Anthropology

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose

Application Deadlines:

  • Anthropology
    Fall: January 15
  • Applied Anthropology
    Fall: March 1

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Archaeology

Programs offered:

  • MA and PhD* in Archaeology

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Scholarly writing sample

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: January 5

*We will not be accepting applications to our Archaeology PhD program for the 2016-2017 academic year (MA applications only will be accepted).We expect to admit PhD students again for the 2017-2018 academic year.  We will continue to offer graduate courses and will welcome PhD students from cognate departments and programs, including Anthropology, the History of Art and Architecture, and Classics.

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History of Art and Architecture

Programs offered:

  • Certificate in Museum Studies
  • MA and PhD in History of Art and Architecture

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing Sample
  • Listing of related coursework and foreign language proficiency (For required background in coursework and for foreign language proficiency, please see the History of Art and Architecture Graduate Program Handbook)

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: January 5
  • Spring: October 15*
*MA Admissions only.

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Astronomy

Programs offered: MA and PhD in Astronomy

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Official GRE Physics Subject Test score report
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: December 15

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Bioinformatics

Programs offered: MS and PhD in Bioinformatics

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • Official GRE General Test score report (required for PhD applicants only)

Application Deadlines:

  • PhD programs
    Fall: December 1
    Spring: Bioinformatics does not accept PhD Program applications for the Spring semester.
  • MS program*
    Fall: July 1
    Spring: December 15
*Applicants to the M.S. program are considered on a rolling basis; please contact the department directly for more information.

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Biology

Programs offered: MA and PhD in Biology

Majors in:

  • Marine Biology
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Ecology, Behavior & Evolution
  • Neurobiology

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Related Coursework Document
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • GRE Subject Test (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) (Recommended)

Application Deadline:

  • PhD program
    Fall: December 7
  • MA program
    Fall: February 15

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Biostatistics

Programs offered: MA and PhD in Biostatistics

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • CV/Resume
  • Official GRE General Test score report (Please note that only your most recent GRE scores (and TOEFL scores if applicable) will be considered when your application is reviewed.)
  • Previous Coursework Document

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: December 15

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Chemistry

Programs offered: MA and PhD in Chemistry

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations (personal letter in addition to form is strongly recommended)
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • GRE Subject Test in Chemistry (recommended)

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: January 5

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Classical Studies

Programs offered:

  • MA and PhD in Classical Studies
  • MA in Classical Studies dual with PhD in Philosophy

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Scholarly writing sample

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: October 15*

Students who wish to apply to the MA in Classical Studies dual with PhD in Philosophy should visit the Classical Studies website for information on how to apply.

*MA Admissions only.  PhD applicants should contact the department directly to inquire about the possibility of spring admission.

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Computer Science

Programs offered:

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Official GRE General Test score report

Application Deadlines:

  • PhD programs
    Fall: December 15
  • MS programs
    Fall: May 1
    Spring: November 1

The department reviews Masters applications on a rolling basis to expedite admissions decisions and we aim to make admissions recommendations within four weeks of receiving a completed application.

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Creative Writing

Programs offered: MFA in Creative Writing

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Creative writing sample

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: February 15

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Earth and Environment

Programs offered:

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Writing sample (for Geography)

Application Deadlines:
For the MA and PhD in Earth Sciences, deadlines are:

  • Fall: January 31
  • Spring: October 15*

For the MA and PhD in Geography, deadlines are:

  • Fall: January 31
  • Spring: November 1*

For all other MA programs (except joint program with IR), deadlines are:

  • Fall: February 28
  • Spring: November 1
*MA Admissions only.

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Economics

Programs offered:

  • MA and PhD in Economics
  • MA in Global Development Economics
  • MA in Economic Policy
  • MBA/MA in Economics (must apply to both Questrom School of Business and Economics)

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three academic recommendations (PhD)
  • Two academic recommendations (MA)
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Official GRE General Test score report

Application Deadlines:

  • PhD in Economics
    Fall: January 5
  • MA in Economics
    Fall: March 1*
    Spring: October 15
  • MA in Economic Policy
    Fall: March 1*
    Spring: October 15
  • MA in Global Development Economics
    Fall: March 1*
*International applicants are strongly advised to apply by January 5.

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Editorial Institute

Programs offered: MA and PhD in Editorial Studies

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations (at least one academic)
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Thesis proposal

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: April 15

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English

Programs offered:

  • MA and PhD in English & American Literature
  • JD/MA in English (must apply to both the School of Law and English)

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three academic recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Official GRE Subject Test in Literature score required for PhD applicants, strongly recommended for MA applicants
  • Scholarly writing sample (page limit of 15-25 pages)

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: December 15

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History

Programs offered:

  • MA and PhD in History
  • JD/MA in History (must apply to both the School of Law and History)

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Foreign language(s) proficiency (please list the languages in which you are fluent)
  • Writing sample

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: January 15

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International Relations

Programs offered:

  • MA in International Affairs
  • MA in International Relations & Religion
  • MA in Global Development Policy
  • MA in International Relations & Environmental Policy (joint degree with Earth and Environment)
  • MA in International Relations & International Communication
  • MA in International Relations (mid-career)
  • MBA/MA in International Relations (must apply to both Questrom School of Business and International Relations)
  • JD/MA in International Relations (must apply to both the School of Law and International Relations)

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three academic recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Official GRE General Test score report

Application Deadlines:

  • All MA programs
    Fall: January 15*
    Spring: October 15
*Priority for financial aid consideration is given to applications received by January 15. Applications will be accepted until April 15.

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Latin American Studies

Program offered: MA in Latin American Studies

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three academic recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Official GRE General Test score report

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: January 5*
*Applications for admission with consideration for financial aid must be submitted by January 5.  Applications for admission only must be submitted by April 15.

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Linguistics

Programs offered: MA in Applied Linguistics

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three academic recommendations
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: February 1
The Linguistics Program is not currently accepting new PhD students.

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Mathematics & Statistics

Programs offered:

  • MA in Mathematics, including Statistics
  • PhD in Mathematics, including Statistics & Probability
  • MS in Statistical Practice

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three academic recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Official GRE Subject Test in Mathematics score report (Please consult the department website for details)

Application Deadlines:

  • PhD in Mathematics, including Statistics & Probability
    Fall: December 31
  • MA in Mathematics, including Statistics
    Fall: January 15
    Spring: September 30
  • MS in Statistical Practice
    Fall: February 15

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Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry

Programs offered: MA and PhD in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three academic recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose with detailed research interests included
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • GRE Subject Test (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) (Recommended)

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: December 7
The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences also offers MA and PhD programs in Biochemistry as well as a PhD program in Cell and Molecular Biology.  Please visit the GMS website for more information.
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Music

Programs offered:

  • MA in Music*: Historical Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Music Theory, Composition, or Music Education
  • PhD in Musicology: Historical Musicology, Ethnomusicology, or a Double Specialization in Historical and Ethnomusicology

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three academic recommendations
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae (recommended but not required)
  • Musical composition or research paper

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: January 5

*We will not be accepting applications to our Master of Arts in Music program for the 2016-2017 academic year. We expect to admit Master’s students again for the 2017-2018 academic year.  

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Neuroscience

Neuroscience is now part of the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. All inquiries and applications should be directed to the Admissions Office.

Philosophy

Programs offered:

  • MA and PhD in Philosophy
  • MA in Classical Studies dual with PhD in Philosophy
  • JD/MA in Philosophy (must apply to both the School of Law and Philosophy)

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three academic recommendations
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Scholarly writing sample

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: February 1

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit complete applications by January 15th.

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Physics

Programs offered: PhD in Physics

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three academic recommendations
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • GRE Subject Test in Physics
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: January 8

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Playwriting

Programs offered:

  • MFA in Playwriting

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three academic recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Minimum of one original full-length play or two one-act plays
  • Ability to read or speak a foreign language

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: March 15

Please note the Playwriting program accepts applicants every two years only, on even years (2014, 2016, etc).

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Political Science

Programs offered:

  • PhD in Political Science

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three academic recommendations
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: December 7

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Psychological and Brain Sciences

Programs offered:

  • PhD in Psychology
    Specializations in:

    • Brain Behavior & Cognition
    • Developmental Science
    • Clinical Psychology
  • MA in Psychology

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three academic recommendations
  • Official GRE score report
  • Official GRE Subject Test (recommended but not required)
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae

Application Deadlines:

  • PhD programs
    Fall: December 1
  • MA program
    Fall: May 15 (Please note that applications will be reviewed beginning March 1)
PhD applicants: please remember to also indicate in the “Area of Specialization” field the program to which you are applying.

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Graduate Division of Religious Studies

Programs offered: MA and PhD in Religious Studies

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Academic writing sample

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: January 15

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Romance Studies

Programs offered:

  • MA and PhD in French Language & Literature
  • MA and PhD in Hispanic Language & Literature

Application Requirements:

  • Official transcripts
  • Three academic recommendations
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Summary of related coursework
  • Writing sample

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: January 18

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Sociology

Programs offered: MA and PhD in Sociology

Application Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Three academic recommendations
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Academic writing sample

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: January 15

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Social Work

Programs offered: PhD in Social Work

Application Requirements:

The application form and fee will be submitted through the online application for the School of Social Work.

Application Deadlines:

Please see School of Social Work website for all deadline and application information.

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