Application and Admission

Applicants to graduate study in the College of Arts and Sciences are expected to meet the general University requirements for admission and to comply with its admission procedures.

Department and program descriptions include specific admission requirements for the individual graduate degree programs. Every application for admission to graduate study at the College of Arts and Sciences is evaluated carefully by the graduate admissions committee for each program. Information about the graduate programs and applying online can be found at

Degree Requirements

In addition to the general University requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences requires the candidate to:

  • complete department course and credit requirements; and
  • pass the comprehensive and/or language examinations where required.

Foreign Language Requirement

Some departments in the College of Arts and Sciences require candidates to demonstrate ability to read material pertinent to their fields in one foreign language. See individual program descriptions for further information.

This requirement may be met by satisfactorily completing a special language course or by passing a reading proficiency examination. Information about examination dates is available from the department.

Comprehensive Examination

The successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required in some departments of the College of Arts and Sciences. University regulations concerning this examination are detailed in “The Comprehensive Examination” and “Continuity” in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalogue.

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