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The online application for admission for the 2017-18 academic year is now available. Click here to start a new application or continue work on an application already in progress.

Before you begin your application, please review the information about the application requirements below. You may also find it helpful to review our admissions policies and the frequently asked questions page.


The online application for all programs in the Division of the Humanities is now open. The deadlines for submission are as follows:

M.F.A. and Ph.D. programs: December 15, 2016
Master of Arts Program in the Humanities:
     First Round: January 3, 2017
     Second Round: April 30, 2017
Master of Arts in Latin American/Caribbean Studies:
     First Round: January 3, 2017
     Second Round: April 30, 2017
Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies: January 3, 2017

General Application Requirements

All application materials should be submitted electronically through the online application. We no longer accept additional materials sent on paper. All programs require the following materials:

  • academic writing sample (15-20 pages for most programs. For Music, Visual Arts, & the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities see further instructions below),
  • a statement of purpose (exception: Visual Arts),
  • 3 letters of recommendation,
  • transcripts for all previous degrees and coursework,
  • GRE test scores from within the preceding 5 years (exception: Visual Arts),
  • an application fee of $90, and
  • TOEFL or IELTS test scores from within the preceding 2 years if needed to meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement for international students

The ETS institution code for submitting both TOEFL and GRE scores is 1832.

We recommend that you request transcripts and give recommenders adequate time to write supporting letters in order to ensure that your application is complete by the deadline. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of materials submitted by the deadline, and we cannot guarantee that materials received after the deadline will be given consideration. Late applications will be considered only as long as places are available in the relevant programs. Financial aid (other than loans) is not available for late applicants.

Special Instructions for Music Applicants

Applicants to the Department of Music are required to submit at least two writing samples. Composers should also submit recent scores.

Special Instructions for Linguistics Applicants

Applicants to the Department of Linguistics should prepare and upload a document that lists all courses the applicant has taken or will have taken by the time of enrollment which have relevance to graduate study in linguistics (in particular, language courses and courses in linguistics, mathematics/statistics, computer science, psychology, anthropology, and language of philosophy): this list should give the complete title of the course, the instructor's full name, the grade earned (if available), and a brief (at most a paragraph) description of the contents of the course (a list of topics covered, for example), along with the titles and authors of any texts used or papers read.

Special Instructions for Visual Arts Applicants

Applicants to the Department of Visual Arts are are not required to submit GRE scores. Visual Arts applicants will submit an artist's statement rather than a statement of purpose and a portfolio in lieu of a writing sample.

  • Artist's statement: one or two pages illuminating your artistic practice by discussion of such questions as sources of influence, character of the inquiry, and some suggestion of future directions you wish to explore.
  • Portfolio: twenty digital images. Alternatively, students who work in time-based media may submit a selection of work as video files. A significant number of the images should represent work done within the last twelve months. Three-dimensional works should show the surrounding space and context. Portfolios are submitted online as part of the online application. The portfolio submission interface will allow you to label each image with a title, a date of completion, the materials used, and a brief description of the work. Digital files must adhere strictly to the specifications outlined below. To conform to our viewing format, each still image file may be no larger than 16 MB. Do not format images in any presentation program (e.g., PowerPoint, Keynote), or include composite images (more than one work per file). Still image files may be sent in jpeg, png, bmp, or tiff format. Videos will be accepted in QuickTime, AVI, FLV, MP4, or WMV format. Video files should be no longer than two minutes in length, and the size of your video uploads is limited to 250 MB. Please note that videos are considered as part of your selection of twenty files, not as additional material. Do not include titles or credits within the video files.

Special Instructions for Master of Arts Program in the Humanities Applicants

Applicants to the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) should include a sample of their critical writing that is 10-15 pages in length. In addition, applicants to the MAPH Creative Writing Option must also submit a creative writing sample relevant to the proposed focus of study. 


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