Graduate Application Procedures


For admission to graduate status in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, a student should normally have received a Bachelor of Arts degree or its equivalent (for foreign students) from an accredited university with a concentration in the language area selected for the graduate degree. In some instances, however, a good grounding in the language(s), acquired through university course work or through having studied the language(s) in another country, will be acceptable.

For admission directly into the Ph.D. program, students must have received a M.A. or its equivalent in the field for which admission is sought (Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theology are rarely accepted as equivalent). Students without such a M.A. are usually accepted initially only for the M.A. These students may and often do, continue with the Ph.D. degree if such is the recommendation of their professors in the M.A. program.

Transcripts of all previous university work must be provided. Foreign applicants should note that transcripts are official university records listing the courses taken, with grades obtained. Copies of diplomas may not be accepted in lieu of transcripts.

Three letters of recommendation must be received for each applicant. At least two of these, preferably all three, should be from teachers familiar with the student’s recent academic work.

The Department requires the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission (verbal, quantitative and analytical). This examination must have been taken no more than 24 months prior to application. The results must be available at the time the application is considered. Students should therefore plan well enough in advance to register for and take the exam before completing the other application procedures.

Prospective students should pay special attention to the "Statement of Purpose" which accompanies the admission application. The student’s statement of purpose constitutes an important criterion in deciding admission.

Students whose native language is not English are strongly urged to submit scores obtained on the TOEFL or similarly recognized English proficiency examinations. A TOEFL score of 87 or higher is acceptable.

Students will not normally be admitted if their undergraduate grade-point average is below 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) or if their cumulative GRE score is below 1150 combined score for Verbal and Quantitative and 3.5 for Analytical Writing section.

The Department has no separate application form; the general University application form distributed by the Graduate Admissions Office is all that is required. In cases where the Department cannot adequately evaluate a student’s record, he or she may be asked to submit one or two research papers (prepared for courses previously taken) to demonstrate aptitude for graduate work. Indeed, the admissions committee welcomes the inclusion of such papers with the original application as a complement of information.

Admission is granted only for the program specified on the application. Any proposed subsequent change in field of specialization is subject to approval by the Department.

In some instances, students are admitted with deficiencies in their preparation, which must be removed by completing course work that is not to be credited toward the graduate degree requirements. Admission for such students is provisional until the satisfactory removal of the deficiencies by course work or examination.

The deadline for applications is December 15th.