**The American & New England Studies Program will be accepting PhD and MA applications starting September 2021.

Applicants to the graduate programs should use the online application, which is available on the Graduate School site: Online application form. The PhD program only accepts applications for fall admission, and the deadline to submit your application is January 15. The MA program accepts students for both the fall and spring semesters. The fall deadline is April 15, and the spring deadline is November 15. The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences does offer Application Fee Waivers for individuals who participate in specific programs or who have documented financial hardship. Please visit the GRS website to see if you qualify and apply for the fee waiver.

There are a variety of additional resources available to students considering a graduate degree in American and New England Studies. Check out our Preservation Studies MA and American Studies PhD for greater detail. Learn about our faculty, financial assistance for the MA and PhD, and meet some students and alumni. Plan your visit. And if you’re as excited as we are about our approach to American Studies, download an application checklist and begin your application here

Additional Information

PhD in American Studies

Admission is competitive. We accept both post-Bachelors and post-Masters students to the PhD program. Our admissions committee carefully assesses each candidate’s qualifications on an individual basis. The GRE exam is no longer required. We look closely at your college record, recommendations, writing sample, and personal statement. We make every effort to accommodate applicants who may be returning to study after a period of time spent away from the academy.

MA in Preservation Studies

Candidates for admission with degrees in a variety of fields are encouraged to apply. Common undergraduate majors include American studies, art history, city planning, economics, history, and business administration. Although many students apply to the program directly from undergraduate work, a significant number of students have pursued careers or post-graduate education before enrolling. We make every effort to accommodate applicants who may be returning to study after a period of time spent away from the academy.

JD/MA in Preservation Studies

Students first must apply to, and be accepted by, the School of Law. For application procedures for the School of Law, please consult the School of Law website. Once students are accepted to the School of Law, they then must submit a separate application to, and be accepted by, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Students normally apply to GRS during their first year of law school to begin the master’s degree program during their second year of law studies. For more information, see the Dual JD/MA portion of our website.


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