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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 Requirements and Deadlines

Applicants who have obtained a bachelor’s degree are welcome to apply to a master’s or post-bachelor’s PhD degree program. Applicants who have obtained both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree are welcome to apply to any of the programs offered by the Graduate School of Arts & 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:

  • Official transcripts
  • Two recommendations
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: February 15

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American & New England Studies

Programs offered:

Application Requirements:

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

Application Deadlines:

  • MA
    Fall: April 1*
    Spring: November 15
  • PhD
    Fall: January 15
    Spring: November 15
*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
  • MA/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in Anthropology

Application Requirements:

  • Official 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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Applied Linguistics

Programs offered: MA, PhD in Applied Linguistics

Application Requirements:

  • Official transcripts
  • Three academic recommendations
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Scholarly writing sample (for PhD applicants only)

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: February 1
The Program in Applied Linguistics admits only a very few PhD students in any given year. Normally, only applicants with a Masters-level degree in Linguistics, and with a particularly good fit to the strengths and interests of our faculty, are accepted. Students wishing to apply to the PhD program in Applied Linguistics should contact the program director first for additional details.

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Archaeology

Programs offered:

  • MA, MA/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in Archaeology

Application Requirements:

  • Official transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Scholarly writing sample for post-MA PhD applicants

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: January 1

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History of Art and Architecture

Programs offered:

  • Certificate in Museum Studies
  • MA, MA/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in History of Art and Architecture

Application Requirements:

  • Official transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Writing Sample (required for post-master PhD and MA/PhD applicants; strongly recommended for MA applicants)
  • 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 2
  • Spring: October 15*
*MA Admissions only.  PhD applicants should contact the department directly to inquire about the possibility of spring admission.

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Astronomy

Programs offered: MA, MA/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in Astronomy

Application Requirements:

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

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: December 15

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Bioinformatics

Programs offered: MS, MS/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in Bioinformatics

Application Requirements:

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

Application Deadlines:

  • PhD programs
    Fall: December 1
    Spring: –
  • MS program*
    Fall: July 15
    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, MA/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in Biology

Majors in:

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

Application Requirements:

  • Official transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Official GRE General Test score report
  • GRE Subject Test (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) (Recommended)

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: December 7

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Biostatistics

Programs offered: MA, MA/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in Biostatistics

Application Requirements:

  • Official transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • 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.)

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: December 15

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Chemistry

Programs offered: MA, MA/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in Chemistry

Application Requirements:

  • Official 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 Deadlines:

  • Fall: January 1

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Classical Studies

Programs offered:

  • MA, MA/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in Classical Studies
  • MA in Classical Studies dual with PhD in Philosophy

Application Requirements:

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

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: February 1
  • 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:

  • MS, MS/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in Computer Science
  • MS in Computer Science with a specialization in Cyber Security

Application Requirements:

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

Application Deadlines:

  • PhD programs
    Fall: December 15
    Spring:–*
  • 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.

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

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    Creative Writing

    Programs offered: MFA in Creative Writing

    Application Requirements:

    • Official transcripts
    • Three recommendations
    • Personal statement/statement of purpose
    • Creative writing sample

    Application Deadlines:

    • Fall: March 1

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    Earth and Environment

    Programs offered:

    Application Requirements:

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

    Application Deadlines:
    For the MA, MA/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in Earth Sciences, deadlines are:

    • Fall: January 31
    • Spring: October 15*

    For the MA, MA/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in Geography, deadlines are:

    • Fall: January 31
    • Spring: November 1*

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

    • Fall: July 1 (International applicants are encouraged to apply before May 1)
    • Spring: November 1
    *MA Admissions only.  PhD applicants should contact the department directly to inquire about the possibility of spring admission.

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    Economics

    Programs offered:

    • MA and Post-Master’s PhD in Economics
    • MA in Economic Policy
    • MA in Global Development Economics
    • MA in Political Economy dual with PhD in Economics
    • MBA/MA in Economics (Apply through the School of Management)

    Application Requirements:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    • MA in Economics
      Fall: March 1
      Spring: October 1
    • MA in Economic Policy
      Fall: March 1
      Spring: October 1
    • MA in Global Development Economics
      Fall: March 1
    • MA/PhD in Political Economy
      Fall: January 2
    • PhD in Economics
      Fall: January 2

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    Editorial Institute

    Programs offered: MA, Post-Master’s PhD in Editorial Studies

    Application Requirements:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    • Fall: April 30

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    English

    Programs offered:

    Application Requirements:

    • Official transcripts
    • Three academic recommendations
    • Personal statement/statement of purpose
    • Official GRE General Test score report
    • Official GRE Subject Test in Literature score report
    • Scholarly writing sample (page limit of 15-25 pages)

    Application Deadlines:

    • Fall: January 1

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    History

    Programs offered:

    Application Requirements:

    • Official transcripts
    • Three recommendations
    • Personal statement/statement of purpose
    • Official GRE General Test score report
    • Foreign language(s) proficiency (please list the languages in which you are fluent)
    • List of history courses taken as an undergraduate and/or master’s candidate
    • Writing sample

    Application Deadlines:

    • 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 (apply through the School of Management)
    • JD/MA in International Relations (apply through the School of Law)

    Application Requirements:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    • All MA programs
      Fall: January 3*
      Spring: October 15
    *Applications for admission with consideration for financial aid must be submitted by January 3.  Applications for admission only must be submitted by April 15.

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    Latin American Studies

    Program offered: MA in Latin American Studies

    Application Requirements:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    • Fall: January 3*
    *Applications for admission with consideration for financial aid must be submitted by January 3.  Applications for admission only must be submitted by April 15.

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    Mathematics & Statistics

    Programs offered:

    • MA in Mathematics, including Statistics
    • MS in Statistical Practice
    • MA/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in Mathematics, including Statistics & Probablity

    Application Requirements:

    • Official transcripts
    • Three academic recommendations
    • Personal statement/statement of purpose
    • Official GRE General Test score report
    • Official GRE Subject Test in Mathematics score report

    Application Deadlines:

    • Fall: January 15
    • Spring: September 30*
    *MA Admissions only.  PhD applicants should contact the department directly to inquire about the possibility of spring admission.

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    Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry

    Programs offered: MA, MA/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry

    Application Requirements:

    • Official 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 Deadlines:

    • 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
    • MA in Music/PhD in Musicology
    • Post-Master’s PhD in Musicology: Historical Musicology, Ethnomusicology, or a Double Specialization in Historical and Ethnomusicology

    Application Requirements:

    • Official transcripts
    • Three academic recommendations
    • Official GRE General Test score report
    • Personal statement/statement of purpose
    • Musical composition or research paper

    Application Deadlines:

    • Fall: January 1

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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, MA/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in Philosophy
    • MA in Classical Studies dual with PhD in Philosophy
    • JD/MA in Philosophy (apply through the School of Law)

    Application Requirements:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    • Fall: February 1

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

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    Physics

    Programs offered: MA/PhD and Post-Master’s PhD in Physics

    Application Requirements:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    • Fall: December 15

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    Playwriting

    Programs offered:

    • MFA in Playwriting

    Application Requirements:

    • Official transcripts
    • Three academic recommendations
    • Personal statement/statement of purpose
    • Minimum of one original full-length play or two one-act plays

    Application Deadlines:

    • 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:

    • MA in Political Science (for Professionals)
    • MA/PhD, Post-Master’s PhD in Political Science

    Application Requirements:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    • Fall: December 1

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    Psychological and Brain Sciences

    Programs offered:

    • Post-Bachelor’s PhD and Post-master’s PhD in Psychology
      Specializations in:

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

    Application Requirements:

    • Official transcripts
    • Three academic recommendations
    • Official GRE or MAT score report
    • Official GRE Subject Test (optional)
    • Personal statement/statement of purpose

    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, MA/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in Religious Studies

    Application Requirements:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    • Fall: January 15

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    Romance Studies

    Programs offered:

    • MA, MA/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in French Language & Literature
    • MA, MA/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in Hispanic Language & Literature

    Application Requirements:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    • Fall: January 15

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    Sociology

    Programs offered: MA, MA/PhD, and Post-Master’s PhD in Sociology

    Application Requirements:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    • Fall: January 15

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    Social Work

    Programs offered: PhD in Sociology & Social Work

    Application Requirements:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    • Fall: January 15

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